Slouching Towards Sodom

The Destruction of Sodom – Pieter Segart

By Charlie Johnston

I think I have figured out the main reason why social media sites and establishment “news” outlets have gotten completely brazen in their censoring of conservatives and blocking any and all news that is detrimental to Democrats and the narrative. Perhaps you have heard that Twitter and Facebook are now banning people for showing the injuries they received from Antifa and BLM. Here is Isabella DeLuca showing pictures of her face after deranged leftists attacked her. Instagram and Facebook piled on and suspended her. Philip Anderson, a black man, had his front teeth knocked out by Antifa members for daring to participate in a free speech rally in San Francisco. Twitter and Facebook again piled on and kicked him off their sites for daring to show graphic evidence of what the left is actually doing at these “peaceful protests.” Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who is a dentist, offered to help Anderson get his smile back.

Social Media sites and many in the establishment press have largely figured out that their behavior has become so obviously ugly and egregious that, if Republicans win, those outlets are facing deadly scrutiny and legal jeopardy. They have already lost in that scenario, so they figure if they can just frantically gaslight for a couple more weeks and Democrats win, the peril goes away. Thus, they are now completely shameless – for they know they are in genuine mortal peril this time.

You may think an established press outlet is, ultimately, invulnerable. I have personal experience in this. In 1989-90 a 50-year-old local media company knowingly slimed me for a year when I was running for a little local county board seat. I was the tip of a very large spear in the county that did not fit their narrative. They were determined to destroy me, certain that my status as a legal “public figure” would protect them from any consequences. (It is extraordinarily difficult for a “public figure” to prevail in a libel case. The press can tell almost any lie they want about “public figures” within a very constrained set of rules.) When I decided to sue, all manner of friends and allies told me I must never get in a spitting match with people who buy ink by the barrel. I sued anyway. The settlement didn’t break the company – but publications treat settlements in such cases like a vampire treats Holy Water…and I knew what I was doing. I wasn’t trying to get rich, just get a large enough settlement that it could not be styled as a “nuisance settlement.” The paper’s libel insurance shot through the roof. It became very close to uninsurable. Within a decade, it folded entirely because it could not afford – (and struggled to obtain) – insurance under the existing ownership.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, if Trump and Republicans win big, many publications and broadcast sites – and all the social media sites – are going to be systematically dismantled. Those that fight will go bankrupt, some will go to jail for actual crimes they committed in furthering a massive conspiracy against the public – and the only realistic outcome for many will be to sell their news properties to new owners who have not discredited themselves. I know that many who think spouting conventional wisdom is actual wisdom will tell me this will never happen. Thanks, but I have done it before – and it will happen. The reason the press and social media are fighting frantically as if this is a fight for their very survival is, very simply, because it is.

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These last few days, I find myself unexpectedly somewhat sympathetic to Hunter Biden. The evidence that is piling up (and it is documented and solid) is that he did NOT cynically use his father’s position to enrich himself. Rather, his father, Joe Biden, used Hunter as the bagman in one of the largest, most corrupt influence peddling schemes in American history. It is almost cynical enough to make the Clintons blush. Several observers have said that Joe pimped his son out – and that is not an inaccurate statement. In one email, Hunter complains of having to give half of everything he makes to “Pop.”

I once considered Joe Biden a somewhat comical figure due to his repeated plagiarism, false boasts, gaffes, and policy errors. The new revelations show him to be one of the most cynically corrupt figures ever in American life. He really is the equivalent of the head of a crime family. At least it explains how he became such a big multi-millionaire living on a government salary all his life. I am rarely shocked, but the depth of depravity revealed by Hunter Biden’s hard drive has left me shocked.

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I use a different template for political analysis than anybody I have ever known. I respect data and traditional methods – and certainly take good advantage of them. But my fundamental method is to identify the fundamental theme that is running either overtly or subliminally in the public conscious – and then assess how parties and candidates are taking advantage of or being duped by that theme.

The plus side of this method over the years is that it has generally helped me to be more accurate than the polls – and to sniff out trends that everybody else is ignoring. In 1994, I predicted on air on my radio show in March that the Republicans were a dead lock to take over the House of Representatives after almost five decades in the wilderness. The day before election in 2016, I told a Christian broadcaster at dinner that I expected Donald Trump to win the presidency rather handily. The downside is that my fundamental method is based on a subjective judgment of the public mood – so when I am wrong I tend to be wildly wrong. Fortunately, those wild errors happened mostly when I was still local and gave me the chance to refine my technique. The only time I was caught completely flatfooted since assessing and being involved in national politics was in 2018. I did not ever see or suspect the massive shift in suburban alliances. In fact, I thought the bloody hearings over Brett Kavanaugh would illustrate clearly that Democrats were not to be trusted with power. While many times I had hoped and pushed for things to be different in certain cycles, I was never surprised until 2018.

A problem I have always had to correct for is that I am rarely wrong in seeing trends develop, but I am often two to four years ahead of the general public in seeing them. I also tend to give people more credit for discernment than they have earned. It was shocking to me that people could watch the smearing of Kavanaugh and still vote en masse for Democrats. Alas, a lot of those suburbanites deceived themselves that the viciousness of the left would only be deployed against heavyweights like Kavanaugh and Trump – and they would never personally be targeted. It is a sad consequence of the “me generation.” Fortunately, I suspect the eruption of Antifa and BLM violence and the rise of “cancel culture” has disabused suburbanites of that delusion.

The denizens of each party at the leadership level suffer from certain characteristic weaknesses. Republicans generally are timid – and desperate for an approving nod from establishment media. It is kind of pathetic – and has helped them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory many times. In the last 40 years, the biggest Republican victories have come when their key leaders were not burdened by such timidity. Ronald Reagan changed America’s political landscape – but though he is remembered reverently now, he was absolutely savaged by the country club Republicans who did not care for his plain speech and commitment to victory rather than getting along with people who were antithetical to liberty. Newt Gingrich was not the least bit intimidated when leading the charge to take over the House of Representatives – and never did give a hoot what the New York Times or the Washington Post said about him. He won one of the most smashing upsets in Congressional history. If ever there was a “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” candidate, it was Donald Trump. (Well, actually, Andrew Jackson fully fit that profile, too, but few Americans have even a passing familiarity with actual American history these days.) The “play it safe” crowd in the Republican Party – and usually it is the majority of the same – never delivers safety and rarely delivers victory. On the rare occasions when they are victorious, it is usually because Democrat pathologies in a cycle have been even more dominant than Republican pathologies.

Democrats always over-estimate their persuasiveness. They are so convinced they are on the winning end of the “arc of history” that they persuade themselves that every transient victory is a permanent realignment, then overplay their hand and are shocked when ordinary people repudiate their over-reach. They rely heavily on bullying tactics and ridicule to get their way. They have never figured out that convincing people to shut up is not the same as actually convincing them. Perhaps I am succumbing to the Democrats’ characteristic pathology, but I think they may have permanently discredited themselves with the wild over-reach these last two years. Democrats have a really weird predilection for disseminating propaganda they have crafted and then believing their own propaganda. They do an amazing job of gaslighting themselves. But that puts them at a disadvantage, even if it is not immediately obvious: they are almost always dealing with bad information. Garbage in, garbage out.

I think the imperative driving this cycle is voter anger at the authoritarian instincts and totalitarian aspirations of the ruling class. A large number of minorities have figured out the left does NOT care about them, but only wants to leverage them to obtain absolute power. As I said earlier, I think suburbanites have figured out the left is not just coming for Kavanaugh, Trump or Barrett, but is coming for them, too. Even some prominent leftists have been shaken by the imperial intolerance of the woke storm troopers of the left. I think Trump and Republicans will win a landslide victory of such epic proportions that it may signal the end of the Democratic Party, to be replaced ultimately by a liberal party that is not barking mad. Complicating all this is the frenzied certainty on the left that this is their breakthrough moment. That means the rioting, looting, arson and violence they have so fondly embraced are likely to play out after the election in an even more intensified form than the rest of this year. Even if we win so hugely at the ballot box that it is an unmistakable repudiation of the madness, we will have to fight for our liberty.

Of course, massive vote fraud is planned and already being mounted. But even if Democrats manufacture 15 million fraudulent votes I think they will be stunned to find it is not enough. Perhaps I am wrong and a plurality of Americans have become so lazy and degenerate that they are agreeable to being ruled. I am not agreeable to it. So if the left prevails – either by hook or by crook – I will imitate the founding generation of this country and refuse to submit. Constitutionally, in America, the people are sovereign. I know it has not played out that way in practice for about a hundred years now. But patriots will not go meekly into the dark night the left has planned for us. I think they are about to find the truth behind Kurt Schlichter’s admonition that Trump is not the right’s last chance; he is the left’s last chance. They will stand down or reap the whirlwind they have sown.

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In Colorado we have a retention ballot for sitting judges. They do not face a contested election, but they must gain 55% of the vote at designated cycles after they have been appointed to keep their seats. We had a similar system in Illinois when I lived there. It is rare for a sitting judge to be ousted by these means. He really had to mess up badly somewhere along the way.

I did something I have never done before this cycle. I voted “no” on every judge who is either a Democrat or appointed by a Democrat. I am sure that some of them are fine people. But I have had it with the left talking about comity and such whenever a Democrat judge is involved – and bringing out the sharpened spikes, hot pokers, and the rack for even the gentlest Republican judges. Democrats must reform their party from within. I used to collaborate with a lot of Democrats. Right now, that once great party resembles a pack of snarling, rabid hyenas. If a person is content to remain in that party, seeing that on a daily basis, they are beneath my contempt. Should even a few work seriously for reform – to extend civility at all times and to all people, rather than just demanding it be offered to fellow rabid hyenas, I will consider them. But until I see that, I will go out of my way to find the partisan affiliation of every person on every ballot, including non-partisan races. No Democrat will ever get my vote again unless they completely overhaul and reform their party. I don’t like snarling, rabid hyenas – and I especially don’t like them in positions of power.

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I know that these unprecedented times in our world are matched by unprecedented times in our Catholic Church. Pope Francis completely lost me last year at the Amazon Synod when he decided Christ must make room at the altar for pagan and pantheist deities (Pachamama). He doubled down by having the Vatican issue a Pachamama commemorative coin. His encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, is feckless, deceptive and would be a profound break with Catholic tradition and teaching if it were allowed to stand. Yet I think the challenge of the times is to us – and most intimately to the Bishops of the world. The question is how do we live fidelity to Christ and the hierarchy He established under the governance of a Pope who has clearly made himself an opponent of the faith. I am not ignoring it, but I am thinking and studying long and hard on it. I will have a piece on this critical subject up in the next couple of weeks. A year ago, I thought the offering to Pachamama accepted on the altar by Pope Francis was the “abomination which makes desolate.” If we have chased Christ from His altar, well, that would explain a lot about this insane and desolate year.

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402 thoughts on “Slouching Towards Sodom

  1. Right there with you, Charlie, on denying any Democrat my vote at this juncture.

    As I read the following testimony from a woman in a FB group, I began to pray for detachment from the wiles and damage caused by Pope Francis, that I might not hold resentment in my heart toward him.

    “I personally consulted with Cardinal Burke, whom I love and trust, even though he is often accused of being too rigid and strict. (Funny, I didn’t appreciate it, when the same firmness came from my own dad! RIP) When I asked him if my disobedience, with regard to masking, was an offense to God, he said no, ‘as long as you do not hold resentment in your heart.’”

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    1. Gosh Beckita– I love Cdl Burke’s response. I have not been resentful while not wearing a mask, but I am astonished at the willingness of people to wear one.
      Charlie –your reflections are so clearly stated.
      Last evening during rush hour I stood on a busy street corner for about 75 minutes with a group of Trump supporters waving American flags and holding Trump signs. Impressions from that short time were so interesting to me. A young mother and her 3 yo little boy were with us. She said she had voted for Clinton 4 years ago, but the spectacle of insanity of the Left has driven her from the democrats– enough so that she was out on a busy street corner promoting Trump. One man stopped in front of us and commented that he was surprised to see all of us housewives out there for Trump– as the Left’s narrative is that we hate him. Another surprise to me was the number of black people who slowed down to give us an enthusiastic thumbs up and approving smile. Of course there are some prominent blacks who have courageously spoken out in favor of Trump like our beloved Mick, or Candace Owens, or that awesome black man whose front teeth were knocked out because he was out promoting free speech. But to see that affirmation yesterday was so cool.
      Of course, there were some cars that contained people who sneered at us and waved with an extended middle finger or used an icky word that starts with an f. Tsk tsk. But we basically had non stop positive reactions from the passers-by. My anecdotal experience of yesterday supports your prediction of a landslide victory… but who knows? That was just hanging out on one street corner for a little while! But– hope springs eternal!❤👍

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      1. Great testimony about the feedback to your public support for Trump, Kim.

        Actually, I shared the comment from Cardinal Burke not only as thought for how to nix mask wearing. I was thinking as much about all the ways I am deeply disappointed and even horrified at so much of what Pope Francis does and fails to do. Continuing to guard my heart that seeds of bitterness are not planted.

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        1. Beckita, talk about being horrified at what the Pope does! Today Spiritdaily had a big headline about a documentary of the Pope. He is supposedly pushing for recognition of civil same sex unions! Can this be true?! Just when I think I’ve heard it all from this man, he does something like this (if it’s true). Of course if it’s not accurate, we’ll just wait for the next shoe to drop!
          Oh come Lord Jesus!!

          Another great essay, Charlie. How I hope you are correct on many of these points!

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      2. Kim, thanks for your public witness, and for your bravery in standing outside with a Trump sign. Although I make a point of smiling at and “thumbs-upping” Trump supporters when I’m out and about, I’m too chicken to sport Trump gear in public. My dad wants to wear a MAGA hat out in public, but he might be refraining because I told him I’m concerned he’ll get attacked (he’s in great shape, but he IS almost 80).

        Regarding black support for Trump: I think all pollsters and Democrats will have their minds blown to smithereens by the number of black votes that Trump will get on November 3.

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      3. I have been to 2 Trump parades in the last 4 weeks standing on street corner in busy intersections. No lie, the only people that shouted “F—Trump” and gave us the middle finger were white females!!! If the men didn’t like us they just gave thumbs down, but we didn’t get many and they weren’t vulgar. What happened to the suburban woman????? And I am a suburban woman!!!

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        1. I was talking with a very prominent Priest a couple of years ago and he pondered whether the spirit of Jezebel had been unleashed upon the land. He was really shaken. I agreed with him, noting that when men go bad in a culture, it is bad…but when the women go bad it is horrifying. I feel your pain…it makes me shudder sometimes to note that I am a former member of the media. Imagine how my friend who is a former National Emmy Award winning CNN Anchor feels…and she’s a woman! If we don’t get smacked down hard, soon, God might owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.

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          1. One of the things that really struck me watching the second wolf in sheeps clothing movie was the comment that in the past men ran the country and women were home raising children. The women were doing the most important job— preparing the kids to be good adults.

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                1. No worries, Linda. We can do all things in Him Who strengthens us. I lived without hot showers in places in West Africa for a long period of time. Sometimes, we saved rain water in barrels. One imaginative Peace Corps volunteer rigged up a homemade shower to get the water out of the rain barrel in a shower-like fashion. I would also consider stocking up on baby wipes as they would come in handy for a period of time. 🙂

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                  1. Beckita that is simply AMAZING!!! You are an amazing person!!! Well ok then! If you can do it for a long time 🚿 without, that gives me great courage and by George.., I can too!!! Yes indeedy on the baby wipes!!! 😂

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                    1. We can do it, Linda. Yes, we can. It won’t be convenient. Sometimes it won’t be at all fun. But we can do it. And in the midst of it all, we’ll be amazed at how the Joy of the Lord is our strength.

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        2. I am totally flabbergasted by the extreme emotions of women during this election. Is abortion / choice what drives them? Can this be so important to all women? Can a mother possibly approve of these abortion procedures that take baby parts from viable live babies and sell them? One educated leftist acquaintance told me that “we” have to take back our flag and defended all the good that Planned Parenthood does. Never mind the evil it does which is akin to acts of Nazi Germany. Being of retired age, I wonder just what memories of this country this woman has in her head from childhood. The country that Biden / Harris have outlined in their platform looks absolutely nothing like this country in any other period of its history. Their platform totally rejects our Judeo-Christian heritage. So many of our Founders stated that without this moral compass, the United States would surely fail. I firmly believe that.

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          1. I work on the subject extensively, Judy, so I try not to think about the larger implications. It would just drive me to despair. But I DO wonder how so many women could get the idea – and get it self-righteously – that they have a right to murder their own infants and that it is morally good. I mean, damn, a Nazi could explain all the medical research that was made possible through experimenting on Jews and how it reduced poverty by killing people the state would otherwise have impoverished. If I find a woman is pro-abortion, I really have to back away from her – for what I quickly come to see is either a monster or a monstrously deluded fool.

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            1. Yes instead of trying to cringe from the visage of Kamala, I must try to remember that she comes from the pain of a broken family (don’t think her relationship with her father is that great) and then I understand where this hatred stems from and the lack of a an understanding and yearning for a loving father and all those who do and not just her but so many of these angry women….

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      4. Kim last Saturday in my neck of the woods a car caravan Trump rally was held. 6400 cars showed up and the rally drove to our county seat about 12 miles away. At one point the caravan was 4 miles long. This end of our state is purple to blue. It shock the area. At the county seat they encountered a anti Amy C Barrett protest of about 75 women. They tried to block the road, police were brought in to stop them. The further north you go in the state the redder it becomes. We are a key state for the election. We went for Trump in 2016.

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    2. It is very difficult, Beckita, particularly when one feels oneself so powerless that almost the only thing one (thinks that one) can do is to lash out verbally – especially as he seems to be a man who harbors many a resentment himself, and has been quite prone to lashing out with weird and inappropriate language. I put “one thinks that…” in brackets, because there is of course another – and far more powerful – thing we can do: pray! So many times do I need to remind myself of this.

      Charlie’s latest post really is a light in these very dark times, and I particularly appreciated this nugget: “many who think spouting conventional wisdom is actual wisdom”. How appropriate that is to us here in Ireland, now that the entire country has just been put into the highest of their “lockdown” categories until the end of November (!!!) and the only sound from the eunuch media is that as of a herd of sheep bleating their agreement with the “conventional wisdom”. The (very) few references to those politicians who have dared to object, or offer a different line, are immediately followed by spews of the “conventional wisdom” i.e. horror stories from other countries, but entirely overlooking that their demographics, geography and social circumstances are so completely different to ours that the comparisons are meaningless. And to think that most of these people actually get “journalism degrees”. God almighty, how worthless is a great deal of our education system these days, or at least the “soft” parts of it outside the STEM disciplines where, I think, truth and objectivity still prevails. Or I hope it does.

      So we are once again left totally without Mass and Confession, although Churches are being allowed to remain open for private prayer by the graciousness of our “ruling” class, and there will of course be the livestream Masses. I suppose one can look on the positive side and offer it up, particularly in November for the Holy Souls, their special month.

      All I can think of is one of the better memes I saw recently on What’sApp, showing Kermit lying prone and exhausted with the caption: “No, I’m not turning my clock back, because the last thing we need in 2020 is another hour of it”.

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      1. Oh Jaykay! I’ve been reading about this development in your corner of the world. The emotions connected to the insanity are real. Last evening in my FB feed came a message from a priest who lives in Wales. He said he was fooled in the first round of lockdown and plans to defy the new order and continue offering public Mass. Prayers going up for all the brave clergy who will take this route. Praying, too, for you and all affected by this newest, highest level lockdown. Kermit’s point hits the mark!

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        1. I saw that post from the priest in Wales. I hope we have a few left like that in Ireland. Jaykay, I know of one if you live in South Dublin by any chance. He had the police called on him last lockdown. If you happened to be hanging around praying at certain times, he’d bring out communion. Not sure if he’ll be doing the same now, but why wouldn’t he?
          We are very blessed to receive once a week as I am a lector. But that only happened because during the last lockdown, I would stand in front of the locked doors of our church with worship music playing on my phone gazing at the monstrance on the altar. Of course someone reported that desperate tone deaf American woman to the priest who felt sorry for me :)))
          In the 3 years we’ve been here, all we’ve seen is Ireland roll over, I’m sorry to say, whether it’s the bishops to the government or the government to the EU. We now have the most strict restrictions in Europe. Yesterday I saw a chart on the top 15 or so countries with Covid and 7 of the top 8 in Europe. Ireland was nowhere on the list, so why do we have the tightist restrictions? It’s crazy. Please God deliver us or my young teenand adult may lose their religion (not literally, just a Southern figure of speech).

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          1. Thanks for weighing in, Missy. Great to hear from you. Prayers for you and your family.

            I’ll add that I viewed footage of protests in Prague over the weekend with police cracking down on those who were protesting the insanity of lockdowns.

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          2. Hi Missy, and great to hear from you! I’m not in Dublin but I do work there (or did before the Corona-panic) and so I had frequent access to the TLM at St. Kevin’s in Harrington St. – which is still offering confessions b.t.w., according to their website (as are my local Dominicans).

            I think what has afflicted this pathetic excuse for an independent country is a desperate desire to be seen to be “doing the right thing”, a lot of which involves keeping in with our new Massahs in Brussels. In other words, those who sacrificed their lives exactly 100 years ago in freeing us from the British Empire needn’t have bothered, basically. Their revolving in their graves could probably power a large part of the country if harnessed to the grid.

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            1. Jaykay, I ask all of the martyrs from all of the socialist revolutions, all of the victims of the Holocaust, victims of abortion, all of the service people who have died defending their countries in the name of freedom, all good leaders of countries, all souls in purgatory, and all the saints in heaven to pray for us during this time of upheaval. I ask them to pray the rosary with me. (Billions of souls praying for revival, for salvation, for the Blessed Mother’s triumph, for earthly souls to cry out to God to save us and bind the satan and all its minions.)
              As you stated-otherwise their deaths were in vain.

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            2. Hi Jaykay,
              I have some friends who go to St. Kevin’s, and we love the Dominicans. We love Fr.Conor McDonough at St. Saviours and some of the nuns in limerick I think.
              I agree with you about the wanting to be seen to do the right thing even giving much more money to the EU than necessary or than others did recently. I think Ireland hopes to be one of the big boys if it does the right thing. But you’re right about the spinning in the grave. I guess 100 years isn’t enough time for freedom to sink in and 250 years is enough to forget it (in the US).
              But, I’m trying to focus on the good, true, and beautiful for my mental health these days, so I’d better not continue 😉 God bless.

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      2. Jaykay, I’m sorry to hear about the nonsense going on in Ireland, and especially that you are once again being deprived of the Mass. Praying for you and your countrymen.

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      3. That is so frustrating and disheartening. One hopes that people are tired of being pushed around by bozos. Can’t they at least attempt to make a halfway decent argument in favor of wrecking people’s lives? People are finally starting to come back in larger numbers at my parish. It would be heartbreaking to see it shut down again.

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      4. JayKay: Wasn’t there another time in Irish history that it was necessary to put a lit candle in a window signifying an underground Mass? Just saying. Plus look at the death rates. They continue to be low because of several available therapies that are working. Wear masks, sanitize everything including hands, in and out in silence.

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  3. There’s no shortage of problems in the world and in the Church.

    When the problems started with Pope Francis, I along with many others thought maybe he just had a moment of incompetence or naivety, after 7 years you’d expect him to improve by now, we may have to consider the possibility that he’s a bad guy working with the globalists & communists.

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  4. Yes, I also think the Pacahmamma event ushered in the torments of 2020. There is only room for Christ at the altar of our churches, and most especially at the Vatican! …. “Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me and before me. Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore.”

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    1. Amen, Judith. Pachamama was/is a BIG deal. Every response from God in the Biblical accounts of His people worshiping idols demonstrates He meant what He said to us, through Moses, concerning the 2nd commandment.

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      1. Pachamama did me in. Especially when the courage of that young Catholic convert from Austria was revealed as the “culprit” who tossed the P into the Tiber. How does that young true Christian recognize anathema but PF does not? The contrasts between St JP II and PF is glaring.

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  5. Charlie, I have read your words and I pray you are correct. I pray for our Republicans and Democrats to be converted and I, too, will vote as Republican as I can ascertain. I pray for our country and for the leadership of the Church. We live in interesting times.
    Praying for all here.
    May the Lord bless us and protect us from all evil. Amen
    Katey in OR
    🙏🏽💙✝️📖💕

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  6. I only voted for a democrat once in my early years of voting because I reasoned that it would be better to retain a long seated senator who would have more power in standing for our states interests. You will have to forgive the ignorance of my very early twenties. I never made that mistake again. jas

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  7. Let us pray for the sustainment of our American republic that, ” Contrary to conventional wisdom, if Trump and Republicans win big, many publications and broadcast sites – and all the social media sites – are going to be systematically dismantled ” I also look forward to FBI Dir Wray getting sacked after the election.

    Charlie, I agree with your assessment of Big Joe and Little Hunter. Joe is the mob boss, and Hunter is a lost, sad soul. going along.

    I too now reject every office candidate who accepts the Dem label. I have written to both of my Dem state senators that, to preserve their souls as decent and honorable, they must re-affiliate as either Independent or Republican. I doubt that they will change, but I feel better having told them.

    The issue for this election is going to be about how much voting fraud the Dems can achieve.

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  8. Charlie, I have frequently voted down party lines regarding judges. I figure that in today’s world, many of the democratic judges on a local level, advance to higher and higher courts. There they will be in a position to use their growing power and influence to further define for us idiots the proper way to think and act under the law as they interpret it via the wide spectrum of liberal philosophies. Also left leaning judges have assigned themselves a new responsibly in which they pronounce many of their decisions that either define new aspects of a law or strike down aspects of a law.
    Many if not all of these pontifications should rightly be decided and acted upon through the duly elected representatives voted in by the American people.

    With the politicization of the many problems and issues to be addressed by the courts, I would rather take my chances on a good conservative republican judge than a democrat liberal judge with a socialist and anti-God and anti-American bend, to make decisions that affect millions of American citizens.

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  9. This piece uplifted me today. Everything I have been convicted of and saying you confirmed. Thank you Charlie for your light in this most darkest of times. Another thing I am noticing is that Christians regardless of denomination are uniting as one body of Christ. It’s exciting for me to see and feel that.

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  10. Thnx for this Charlie….

    I’ve come to the conclusion that what we are seeing, both in the Church and the world, is truly demonic…on a massive scale. It appears the demons have come out in force, and are getting no pushback from the left at all.

    Even if Trump wins, which I believe he will so long as the left does not succeed in stealing the election, half the country seems OK with deviancy, whether it be:

    1). blue state mayors and governors destroying the businesses & livelihoods of their constituents to get to Trump
    2). the Marxism and fascism of BLM and Antifa
    3). the complete spoliation of corporate media
    4). the complete lack of viable Catholic leadership in current Church hierarchy

    I had the same thoughts about 2016. HRC was seriously bad news, and Trump only won by a handful of votes (though at the time many of us did not know who/what he really was). This time around, it’s the only explanation that makes any sense. Seems like the satan is running the board on us.

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    1. So true, Paul. Thing is we all had some part in stirring up this Storm. I like to remember that Charlie mentioned some years ago how the prayers and sacrifices of many were a source of mitigation, so I still have great hope that even in this darkening darkness, our faithfulness in prayer – including the TNRS way of praying – will be a powerful means of intervention, our way of partnering with God who is always with us. I also like to recall how God is actually tamping down what could have been an even more intense and extended purification period. That said, there’s plenty enough ahead of us to pray each day for the strength to set our faces like flint so as to never give up and never lose hope.

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      1. Paul and Beckita, if I remember, Charlie said that he expected the storm to start in 2012. We have already had the great grace of 8 more years to prepare ourselves before the worst hits, *and* we have the help of a patriotic president, no matter his rough edges. All of that is huge mitigation and graces galore.

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    1. CD, awesome time-lapse John Paul II mural! Incidentally, for those interested: Fr. Mitch will be interviewing the producers of the Divine Plan documentary re JP II’s relationship with Pres. Reagan tomorrow (21st, 7pm), and their film airs at 9p.m. CT

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  11. All I can say is Mike n I watch all the Trump rallies and by George, there is great enthusiasm for Our President!!! The left is gonna be mad as a 🐝 hornet when we win, win, win!!! MAGA!!!🤗

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  12. A couple of thoughts-
    While I was working as a librarian, whenever there was a person wanting to ban a certain book, it was a sure sign of that book getting read by many many more people. The same phenomenon is happening with the NY Post article about Hunter Biden. I don’t feel sorry for him at all. He is an adult who could have stepped back from the cliff but he enjoyed the high flying lifestyle. If he came out and revealed all of the filth then it would be a different story. He is willing for America to go down in his dad gets into office instead of doing the right thing. Just my two cents worth/maybe one cent now days.

    This would be comical if it wasn’t so sad.
    Newsom’s Christmas rules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXPXH9nGvsc&feature=emb_logo

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    1. I see what you’re saying, HttP. Still, I think of Charlie’s sharing: Rather, his father, Joe Biden, used Hunter as the bagman in one of the largest, most corrupt influence peddling schemes in American history. It is almost cynical enough to make the Clintons blush. Several observers have said that Joe pimped his son out – and that is not an inaccurate statement. Joe Biden did not suddenly turn corrupt. What was it like being raised by such a father? What kind of pain has led his son to his drug addiction? If Hunter’s father had had a moment of clarity and turned back from wicked ways to the Lord, how different the father-son influence would have been.

      A powerful film from Direction for Our Times brings to life the mystical visit to purgatory which “Anne a lay apostle” made via the Lord’s Light. It really captures the sobering work of the holy souls in purgatory as they come to full awareness of their sins’ impact on others as these holy souls develop to maturation in truly loving with Christ’s Love. I say hold every last one of the bad actors – who have brought tremendous damage to our country and her people – to account, yet still may they rise from sleeping in their darkened intellects only to bend the knee, repenting and begging for God’s Mercy.

      I think we all need to ponder deeply how this will look when we get to the phase of rebuilding when we hold the law breakers to account.

      Oh and if you search You Tube with these words: “Mist of Mercy – Full Length Film” you can view the film. It has the Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat of the local Bishop. Some may prefer reading the book from which the film was written.

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    2. HTTP, I would be a little careful here. I don’t have all the facts by a long shot, but I gather that Hunter left his laptop at the computer store four days before his father publicly announced his run for the presidency, which given lead times meant that Hunter conveniently abandoned it at the computer store right after his father made the decision privately to run for the presidency.

      Honestly, I cannot imagine what it would be like to have an evil father who was telling me what to do AND to *know* beyond any doubt at all that there was no way out. He *knows* the depth of this depravity and evil and treason, and while his father was VP during the Obama Admin, he had *no* possibility of an ally to help him. I can’t imagine the despair. I’ve seen rumors and reports that the emails and other materials exposed by Hunter indicate his father may have been complicit in the death of his first wife. I have recently wondered about Beau and his occasional attempts in the face of Evil to do something about human trafficking and pedophilia. It appears that his father may have groomed Hunter’s daughter. Why not throw oneself into the pit?

      And then Trump came along and Hunter suddenly found he had a way out and a reason to take down his father before he might become president. Perhaps Hunter just didn’t want to see what his life would be like if his father became president or maybe he decided he just didn’t want to see the world burn.

      Assuredly, I have no idea if any of the above is true or simply a naive attempt to be nice to a terrible person. However, it has given me some small sense of what the past few decades may have been like for many people who would have been fine people if they had been left alone but instead found themselves in a nightmare reality where they were tempted and blackmailed and threatened and had their family threatened or worse, and who were forced to do unspeakable things and betray their country – and saw absolutely no way out. And then Trump. How many compromised people may have done something like Hunter appears to have done? How much material has found its way to the White Hats once Trump surprised the Cabal and won?

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      1. Steve, that is an intriguing and insightful theory. While I doubt that Hunter intentionally sabotaged his father, he may have been something more than a Freudian slip. There is no doubt now, for any who look at the evidence, that his father had been pimping him out for decades AND that Hunter was financially propping up the family. My stars, how that must eat at someone who might have a core of decency.

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        1. It is Sadness all around, alright. How Heaven and the church militant would rejoice for the conversion of even one bad actor. +Let it be so, Lord.+

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        1. JOANNE, this is all so crazy that anything could be possible. I think the squirrels must be gathering a lot of nuts this year. They are all over the place!

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          1. Good point, St.J. Perhaps we would all be wise to copy the squirrels in their lead.

            In regard to the animal world, over the last several years or so, there’s seemed to be a continuously increasing number of videos showing animals seeking out human beings for help when they’re in trouble. It encourages me so much, regardless of whether or not it’s cognitive dissonance on my part. It reminds me of this promise in Isaiah, found in chapter 11 of his book (The Peaceable Kingdom);, where he prophecies that after Jesus’ triumphant return;

            “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
            The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
            The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
            And a little child shall lead them.
            The cow and the bear shall graze;
            Their young ones shall lie down together;
            And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
            The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
            And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
            They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
            For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
            As the waters cover the sea.”

            Paul, in Romans 8:22, tells us that all of creation is crying out His return;

            “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”

            Maranatha – Come, Lord Jesus;

            Dave

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          2. Actually this statement was meant to be metaphoric. I used to have a house with a lot of trees and squirrels. We had tons of acorns and leaves. Now not so much.

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        2. Occam’s razor

          “The idea is attributed to English Franciscan friar William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), a scholastic philosopher and theologian who used a preference for simplicity to defend the idea of divine miracles. It is variously paraphrased by statements like “the simplest explanation is most likely the right one”. This philosophical razor advocates that when presented with competing hypotheses about the same prediction, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions,[3] and that this is not meant to be a way of choosing between hypotheses that make different predictions.”

          Might apply in this case.

          I heard a theory that Hunter is some kind of lawyer of sorts. This abandoning of the computer was deliberate because the standard operating procedure for computer repair shops in dealing with abandoned old computers is to wipe the hard disk clean and either sell it as used or scavenge old parts to use to repair old computers. This would be a way of destroying evidence without destroying evidence. Somebody else got to destroy the evidence. No crime involved there. Just bad luck that the repairman took the time to look under the hood of an old deliberately damaged computer. And tried to do the right thing.

          I dunno. I lean to Joann’s razor on this one. Just an addled crack head who forgot where he left his computer to get fixed.

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          1. No doubt HB is a mess because of his father. He learned to parlay and leverage from Pop. Have you ever wondered why Obama picked Joe for VP? Keep in mind Beau was Attorney General starting late in 2006. There was a fellow named Larry Sinclair blabbing about his relationship with the O. He was prosecuted by Beau. Was that leverage into the VP slot? Never let a crisis go to waste???

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            1. Yes, I have wondered how Joe got the VP slot. With his historic anti-black statements and votes, I would have thought Obama would have extreme distaste for him…..to say the least. However, he is a good puppet.

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  13. Hi Charlie, Beckita. I don’t post much at all but love reading your article and the posts to them.
    In these days – and you may be aware of this – Fr Richard Heilman has suggested that all parishes hold a Day of Adoration on Election Day. I think this to be a most worthy request and pray that pastors will answer the call. Perhaps we can all spread the word to our parishes/pastors/adoration leaders.
    God bless our country and may all return to Him.

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  14. Whoa!!! Gospel today!!!

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Gird your loins and light your lamps
    and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
    ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
    Blessed are those servants
    whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
    Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
    have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
    And should he come in the second or third watch
    and find them prepared in this way,
    blessed are those servants.”

    Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, priest

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    1. Awesome, Linda. You heard the readings of the day and we read the readings of the Memorial for St. Paul of the Cross. Both Gospel readings go hand in glove: Gird your loins and pick up your cross!

      Jesus said to his disciples,
      “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
      take up his cross, and follow me.
      For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
      but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
      What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
      and forfeit his life?
      Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
      For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
      and then he will repay each one according to his conduct.”.

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      1. Beckita I was thinking about that today as I cleaned Tappan’s home!!! I thought to myself…isn’t it sort of cool how gird your loins and St. Paul came up sort of at same time!!! No coincidences with God 🤗❤️🙏🌹🐿🥰

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  15. Pressure. Leverage. So how do you define political pressure and leverage? How do you execute it?

    There is a rumor floating around that every major media outlet in America has been provided with a copy of Hunter Biden’s hard drive.

    Yet nobody is reporting.

    There is going to be hell to be payed — (or Heaven to be payed???) — by the media and social websites for not informing the public or asking any questions at all. Methinks the pressure both before and after the election — no matter who wins — is growing like AWESOME! On people and institutions. “Lester Holt — what did you know and when did you know it?”

    Not to mention the FBI and the CIA.

    Somebody said light is the greatest disinfectant.

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    1. It certainly is disconcerting to know that the FBI had Hunter Bidens computer since 2019, during the Impeachment of our President and did nothing. Who can we trust. I know the answer, Jesus. I do believe Trump would win, if it is an honest and fair election. Just the amount of money the Biden campaign has raised, Trump cannot compete with foreign entities supplying funds and also Corporate America. Why did the government not break these monopolies up a long time ago…. Now they are ruling us.

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  16. When considering religious materials, I take the information of Fr Gobbi MMP, very seriously, sure some of content seems a little out there, but it has the approval of Pope John Paul II, Bishops, & Priest’s. Though the content of the readings not to be taken literally, I do believe the associations of the Red Dragon with Marxist Atheism, the Black Beast (with horns) with Freemasonry, and the spirit of Antichrist is those who deny Jesus is Christ & God to be be deadly accurate for the times we live in.

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  17. Here is something that will blow your mind. How can this be?

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/10/19/biden-catholic-vote-trump-elections-amy-coney-barrett/

    52% of U.S. Catholics support Joe Biden.

    Just think of it. American Catholics may be responsible for putting in the most ant-life President we will ever have — a Catholic President.

    Two things I can think of:

    1. Catholics have been successfully suborned by popular culture. Catholics share the post-modernist,
    secular, permissive, if it feels good then it is good if it feels bad then it is bad, there is no moral absolutes world view.

    2. A catastrophic failure of Catholic Education. A catastrophic failure of leadership in the Catholic Church and that falls squarely on timid Bishops.

    What in the wide, wide world is going on in the Catholic Church?

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    1. Ed, I think what’s happening is the same thing that happened when Obama was elected both times. I can’t fathom how people reconcile voting for a party that has decidedly removed God’s Name from their platform. Chop, chop, chop, chop, chop…

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    2. Alas, Storm Tracker Ed, that 52% figure could be correct in some areas. Many people refuse to consider that Joe Biden is not a good man. The “Where’s Hunter?” laptop revelations shed new light on an old subject. The light is being suppressed.

      I live in a diocese that has a few larger cities (max 100,000), many small towns, and wide-open spaces in between. The few cities tend to be a mixture of liberal and conservative; the wide-open spaces and most of the small towns, conservative.

      Our bishop recently published a pastoral letter, for which he will draw flak, I’m sure. Here it is:

      https://dioceseofbaker.org/bishop-carys-official-statements

      I like the fact that he uses readily verified information, including info from Joe Biden’s own website.

      Since I know our bishop will take flak, I sent a brief email today thanking him for his excellent pastoral letter.

      BTW, some of us where I live plan to drive our ballots to our county election office, 60 miles away. We’re calling it a pilgrimage.

      God bless and keep you, friends ~
      Sister Bear

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      1. Thanks for that link Sister Bear. Hooray for Bishop Cary! What refreshment it is to see a Catholic leader take a well thought out position. If we had more like him we wouldn’t have 52% of American Catholics supporting Catholic Joe.

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    3. Following up on Storm Tracker’s reasons.
      If all I watched was the main stream media, and didn’t have access to or did not watch Fox news, listened to Rush Limbaugh etc, or all I had access to was the local liberal newspapers,
      my mind would be overflowing with lies, lies, lies, manipulations of truth, partial truths without explanations.
      People actually believe that Trump is racist.
      All the 4 years of incredible lie after lie, distortion after distortion.
      That is why there is so much vehemence in their hatred. They really believe he is evil.
      Specifically for Catholics I think the lie that speaks most “loudly” is that the republican
      party is for the rich- gives all the tax breaks to the rich and that the democratic party takes
      care of the poor- health care, welfare, is concerned about climate change (all about gaining control by producing fear as is covid),

      Lord Jesus Christ
      Son of the Father,
      send now Your Spirit over the earth.
      Let the Holy Spirit live
      in the heart of all nations,
      that they may be preserved from
      degeneration,disaster and war.
      May the Lady of All Nations,
      the Blessed Virgin Mary,
      be our Advocate.
      Amen.

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    4. I know!!! At adoration last Thursday the little ole 88 year old adored told me she just got done voting for Biden!!! I was shocked beyond belief!!! I told her Biden is for abortion and Trump is prolife!!! I was really in shock over her neglect of THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF OUR LAND!!! Lord have mercy!!!😫

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  18. Charlie, I hope you are right about Trump, pray God, but I do fear that his negative personality, and his personal attacks, instead of focusing on what he has done well lately, has lost too many suburban women. We will see. Pray God this Biden mess will have an impact. As many of the elderly are fearful, and rightly so of this COVID thing I also fear that he will lose votes by his attacks on COVID policy instead of working to find a reasonable middle ground with Masking, distancing, protecting the vulnerable. etc. I sincerely hope I am wrong on my impressions Charlie. Lets make sure we all get out the reasonable vote to prove me wrong. I so hope I am wrong, pray God.

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  19. Handtotheplough: yes, the Rosary will do some extraordinarily heavy shifting! As Sister Lucia of Fatima said:

    “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

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    1. No matter how poorly I do it, by the grace of God, my hands will always rattle these mighty beads.

      Chin-up, my friend, these black days are numbered.

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  20. I am afraid of this scenario: Full of remorse for wrongdoing, Joe will humbly step down after he is sworn in, and we will have Kamala as the next POTUS.

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  21. Off topic conclusion. We are back safe and sound from the wedding of our daughter in West Tennessee. It was a great time and I loved the area. Thank you all for the prayers for us and the newly weds. They are now honeymooning in the Smokey Mountains.

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    1. I love the Smokies. Living in the Rockies, I think of the Smokies as the “kinder, gentler mountains.” Also the first mountains I ever hiked in.

      Congratulations on the wedding of your daughter. May she have a long, happy and fruitful marriage…and may you bask in the glory of grandchildren, new people to love.

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      1. Thank you so much Charlie. I once saw a documentary that said the Appalachian Mountains were once as big as the Rockies. Amazing stuff.

        There is Hope expressed in marriage and children. My son is up next.

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  22. The Republicans should push very hard against how the local Democrats have handled the shutting down of schools and transition to virtual education. Almost everyone hates it. Even if one accepts the necessity of closing schools, many districts have bungled it so badly. We’re no longer using the public schools, but I was chatting with a neighbor about the latest school board meeting. She said it was a FOUR HOUR zoom call, two hours of which was spent discussing whether adults could be allowed to attend volleyball games. The Board couldn’t arrive at a decision, so they tabled the discussion until the following Tuesday. For Pete’s sake!

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    1. I thought the President developed this theme very well in the debate Thursday. We have to open up.
      Daughter in Law is getting worn down to the quick trying to manage 3 kids at home doing virtual learning. Kids are taking the brunt of the politicization of this pandemic. So are moms.

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      1. Agree, STE! School kids kept from the school house and the elderly and ill denied having loved ones with them. It is evil—demonic in my opinion.

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          1. Beckita,

            Your insights are always welcome and warm (but not so warm when being aware that our pontiff anti-God agenda, if you know what I mean). I agree regarding the pain we are feeling about what the faithful are hearing from our pontiff. While hearing and reading certain things about the pope over the last several years it is not until the last numerous months, that I have come to realize the depths of deception and deceit being pushed out of the Vatican and those that willfully go along and spread his lies,

            It is joyful to see Charlie and some of the faithful Bishops, Cardinals defend the true Catholic teachings of the faith in all of its completes. They teach and inform us how the corrupt church hierarchy has used subtlety to slowly corrupt and ease many into accepting anti-god teaching and reforms as ok since it comes from the pontiff and many of the bishops and priests. This reminds me of the story of the frogs that end up being boiled it their pot because they kept getting used to the increasing temperature. By the time they realized it, the were doomed. Now we have the evil forces within the church being brazenly open, in promoting and implementing their principle plans and their ancillary goals, which I believe will ultimately be revealed by God.

            Let us pray that the faithful continue to stay or become steadfast in the faith, and those instigating and implementing these anti-god agendas will turn to God for forgiveness and His mercy.

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            1. Surely praying for these intentions, oneillijpo. And since this is the Ballad of the Ordinary Man that we’re singing, all of us are called to defend the faith, defend the faithful and hearten the faithful. 🙂

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  23. While I’m not surprised that Pope Francis has gone on record publicly – knowing this news would resound around the world – defending homosexual civil unions, perhaps the biggest punch to the gut is that he fails to speak to his family, The Catholic Church, in these terms.

    Then again, he’s promoting a complete heresy. And I have no doubt there are plenty of heresies yet to rise from his papacy. Much like the value of life is denied in abortion and gives rise to a culture of death at every level, the embrace of the lie that homosexual unions are a good leaves all doctrine and dogma up for grabs. My punched gut also thinks: Oh baby! We ain’t seen nuthin yet! Maranatha!!! We n.e.e.d. You, Lord.

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      1. Well, as I read more, it turns out Pope Francis had quietly – or maybe not so quietly – supported these unions when he was in Argentina. I do wonder then, is this “breaking news” a decoy for something yet to come. Time will tell. It must tickle to death – spiritual death – the Catholics for Biden group.

        We knew these things much come; we know the Church has suffered greatly in the past with heresy and other kinds of errors; and we know God has a Plan.

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          1. Well, HttP, it’s impossible for me not to be horrified and angry to see this happen even as the while I trust that God has a Plan while recalling heartening lines from Scripture, such as, “All things work together for good to them that love God” and “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more.” The ensuing choice is deciding what to do with these real, raw emotions. Of course, the enemy of our souls would lead us down a path of explosive expression and resentment turning to bitterness with hardness of heart towards the bad actors. Not going there, but not denying what I’m feeling either. Equilibrium will be restored even as I firmly believe this is but the tip of the iceberg concerning what’s yet to come from this Pope.

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    1. Hi Beckita. I must have missed this latest announcement from Pope Francis. Good Grief! Anyway, can you give a link to the statement? I want to make sure I’m ready to defend the faith in view of this.

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    2. The Pope Francis apologists naturally kicked into high gear, predictably leading with the appeal to higher authority fallacy (i.e. – Charity). I’m all for Charity, but if their idea of charity is at the expense of Truth, then it’s just deceit masquerading as charity. The opposition will screech that we’re blind. Plink! That was the sound of me dropping a quarter into their begging cup as I charge on past to help some of the lemmings trying to follow them over the cliff and into the abyss.

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        1. Tears, for Jesus. All of us here can give Him our personal tears. Let’s do this! Fellow squirrels, gather our sorrows and let’s bring them to Her to arrange for Him. What have we to lose?

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        2. I’m really worried about this Beckita. I worry about the faithful older priests, the faithful young priests that were formed in real church doctrine. They must recognize that the sacraments are under attack. I worry about new converts trained a few years ago in church doctrine now being upended. How do I attend a church that professes apostasy? Where do I go?

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  24. I saw the headline come across the midday news. “Pope endorses same sex civil unions in new film.” Why in the world would he say anything at all about this if this has nothing to do with the Church marriage? Now it is just a hop, skip and a jump to everything else. He is opening the gate more and more. And things appear to be speeding up…..Of course, the film has not been released yet and we will have to see it, but I suspect he said something along these lines.

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      1. Beckita, you have said that there have been popes who have committed heresy in the past. Could you please show me where I can get more information on that?

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        1. No, Judith, I didn’t say popes have committed heresy, I wrote, “… we know the Church has suffered greatly in the past with heresy and other kinds of errors.” That’s not saying a pope hasn’t believed in heresy privately, but no pope has publicly taught heresy. The thing with Pope Francis is that he speaks, as ever, with ambiguity. He says some massively unhelpful things and fails to clarify them. In the case of the Dubia, PF actually refused to have dialogue for the sake of clarification. Clarity matters as the CNA article today conveyed via a writing from then Cardinal Ratzinger who was prefect of the CDF at the time:

          In 2003, under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and at the direction of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith taught that “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society.”

          “Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself,” the CDF added, calling support for such unions from politicians “gravely immoral.”

          “Not even in a remote analogous sense do homosexual unions fulfil the purpose for which marriage and family deserve specific categorical recognition. On the contrary, there are good reasons for holding that such unions are harmful to the proper development of human society, especially if their impact on society were to increase,” the document said.

          Fr. Wang has read a lot of Church history books. He recommends the latest one that he read earlier this year: A Concise History of the Catholic Church, found here.

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      1. I am really trying to hang in there with Pope Francis, but I find myself just caring less and less about what he has to say about anything. He is becoming irrelevant to me.

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        1. Joe, it is worth remembering that for most Catholics, including priests and bishops, throughout Church history the pope has been, in the main, irrelevant. Every Sacristy would have had the name of the local bishop and of the reigning Pontiff posted so that the celebrant knew who to include in the Canon but beyond that what a Pope said or did on a daily basis was unknown. It is possible to be a good solid Catholic and a saint and only know the name of the Pope. As I have said before, I believe that the Church is recovering from a massive hangover from Vatican I and certain paragraphs of Lumen Gentium (Vat. II).
          PAX,
          Matthew

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          1. Good point. I guess it’s likely that efore TV, social media and the internet (so for about 1900 of the last 2020 years), no one would have even heard half of his confusing statements.

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  25. Can some kind soul in CORAC Region 6 please contact the Coordinator on my behalf and let him know that while I’m receiving his e-mails, apparently he has not received the e-mail I’ve sent him, nor has a phone call I made gotten through. If he’s simply busy, I can understand that and am happy to wait until he’s ready to reply.

    That said, if my e-mail is ending up in the spam folder and my voice mail didn’t get through due to some technical difficulty, I trust there’s a solution, and would like to somehow let him know that I’m interested in CORAC and in answering the questions he’s put to the group in his e-mails.

    Or if I continue to receive no response, maybe it’s God’s Will that I pray and work towards the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a more private manner?

    Either way, I’m doing what I can to reach out to others.

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  26. Normally i’d put this in the prayer request part of our site, but I can’t seem to find it from my iPhone. So I just ask a favor from everyone all you prayer warriors out there if you would just say a prayer for my son Frankie and my daughter in law Julie that instead of signing divorce papers, they will except my invitation to look into The Retrouvaille Program for Married Couples Facing Difficult Challenges in their Relationship before everything is finalized. Thank you very much my friend Char said a flying novena to Saint Theresa today. I offered up my rosary after mass for them today and lit two candles. Thank you very much God bless you all🤗❤️🙏🌹😘📿🐿🥰😇

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    1. Praying for you and your children, Linda.

      Couple of things:

      We are at the beginning of a 9 day Novena to St Jude the Patron of Impossible Causes. Now woulld be an especially good time to seek his intercession.

      Also I suggest Jeremiah 29: 4-14

      A LETTER TO THE EXILES IN BABYLON

      4 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon:

      5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their fruits.

      6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters. Increase there; do not decrease.

      7 Seek the welfare of the city to which I have exiled you; pray for it to the LORD, for upon its welfare
      your own depends.b

      8 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not be deceived by the prophets and diviners who are among you; do not listen to those among you who dream dreams,c

      9 for they prophesy lies to you in my name; I did not send them—oracle of the LORD.d

      10 For thus says the LORD: Only after seventy years have elapsed for Babylon will I deal with you and fulfill for you my promise to bring you back to this place.e

      11 For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

      12 When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.f

      13 When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart,

      14 I will let you find me—oracle of the LORD—and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you—oracle of the LORD—and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.g

      This is a contract offer from God. A proposal, so to speak, from God. A deal. Transmitted by Jeremiah to people who have found themselves suddenly in slavery in a foreign place. It’s an offer and a promise to people who find themselves in a hopeless, dark situation with no way out. People who are vulnerable to despair. Despair is the place Satan wants you to be.

      Note that 29:4-14 has all the elements necessary for a valid legal contract. It is a set of quid pro quos.
      This for that. If there is no This then there is no That. It’s an enforceable agreement to

      Quo? What God wants from you: Paragraph 5 -10. When you find yourself at the end of your rope in exile then tie a knot in it . There is a set of hard specific actions he requires as his Quo in the Contract offer. Basically, bloom where I planted you. Yes, in awful Exile. Bloom there. God doesn’t offer us a Rose Garden. Exile. Tough place to be. You, as I have done, might react to God’s Quo with a sigh and a “You’ve got to be kidding me! Walk a mile in my shoes before you lay that on me!” I mean, for cryin’ out loud, that’s a lot of Quo on God’s end of the contract. Hard, hard Quo. Impossible Quo as many might view it.

      Quid? What God offers in return for his hard, hard Quo. Paragraphs 11-14. This is the stuff God offers if you undertake this task to tie a knot in your despair and hang on. Quite simply it is an AMAZING set of promises from God to his people. Amazing. Stunning. Keep in mind that God KEEPS his promises. God keeps his Quid for you and will deliver on this set of promises in remarkable ways. Take a long look at what God has in store for you:

      1. He has a Plan for your Life(s). And it’s a Plan for your welfare not your woe.

      2. God will set up a red phone hotline for you. He will LISTEN to you. Just pick up the phone and
      there’ll He be. “God? are you there?” “Yes, what is it?”

      3. You WILL find God when you go looking for Him.

      4. GOD WILL CHANGE YOUR LOT IN LIFE! He will pull you out of he Exiled Place you find yourself(s) in. It may not be in the exact way you think or want it to be. But rest assured of this: If you undertake the Quo for God then your life is in for a major change. God will not leave you stuck where you are.

      5. Only after 70 years working in the place of Hard Quo ( a long lifetime of commitment) God WILL BRING YOU BACK FROM YOUR Exile PLACE (the garden where He planted you to do the hard Quo stuff).

      Think hard about this last bit because it is really important — ” … bring you back to this place …” This place from which He has Exiled you. Back to Him. Where is He? Where is the place where God is and from which He planted you in this mucky place of Exile to bloom and have your being. If you undertake this contract God PROMISES to take you back to where He is. Think long and very hard about that.

      The Quid in this contract offer, the stuff you are going to get from God because He keeps His promises, is mind blowing. God intends that your cup overflow with tremendous graces. Tremendous.
      Good measure, packed together, shaken down. Abundant, overflowing Quid.

      Luke 6: 37-38

      Judging Others.*
      37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.y

      38 Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”z

      More than fair measure well laid out. Generous. Overflowing. More than you think you deserve.

      Oh, yes. One other thing about valid legal contracts. You’ve got to ASSENT to it. You have to acknowledge that you understand the terms and that YOU AGREE AND ACCEPT those terms and will do the best you can to carry out your end of the bargain faithfully and to the best of your ability. No fooling around. You got to tie that knot at the end of your rope and hang on! For real.

      When I was confronted with this contract offer from God about 40 years ago in a very amazing way I can tell you that I poured over the contract three times. I read it, re-read and re-read it again. Frankly, I would have assented to the first Quid alone. I would have grabbed the contract just knowing that God had a plan for me and it was for my welfare and not my woe. “You got me on the Plan, God.”

      After the third reading and understanding what was being proposed to me I said “I accept.”. I was dangling at the end of the rope in my own form of Exile at the time. “I accept.” God took it from there.

      I hereby testify and witness that God has kept His promises to me.

      All of them. Even the one about the 70 years in yet another amazing way.

      I know what the reaction will be. This guy Storm Tracker is either crazy or hallucinating. Something wrong with his brain chemistry. Even if ST had this experience for real it must be some kind of one off but not for me. Nobody knows the pain I’m in. Nobody’s presented me with this so-called contract offer from God. God wouldn’t ask me to stay submerged in this pain and actually bloom in pain, for cryin’s out loud! Walk a mile in this pain I feel, buddy! This guy is nuts.

      So here’s the thing: God uses others to make this offer. He uses people. People like you and me who don’t even know they are part of God’s contract delivery operation.

      For years after I entered into this contract with God I kept quiet about it. For the reasons described above. I thought this was for me alone. I thought people would think I am nuts. Eventually, I came to understand that this is not just for me to understand or accept. It is for everyone in pain and in some form of Exile. Exile comes in a thousands and thousands of different ways. And the pain is real. Judge not others’ degree and experience of pain.

      God extends this contract through people like me. For real.

      So, I hereby present it to you, Linda. And to your children Frankie and Julie. And to everybody here in this community that feel they are sinking into a pain filled Exile that nobody understands or can relate to. God has a proposal for you. The offer is open to all.

      Please present this this offer to Frankie and Julie with my endorsement of the Retrouvaille Program. Assure them that God has a Plan for them. A Plan for their welfare and not for woe. Tell them I understand being at the end of the rope. Ask them to tie a knot in it for a little while longer and hang on.

      ​ Novena to St. Jude

      His Feast Day is on October 28th, and Novenas are often prayed for his intercession. It is said, that his Novena prayed by the desperate and the hopeless never failed. Let’s learn how to pray to St. Jude.

      The holiest apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant
      and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and
      invokes you universally as the patron of hope.

      Please intercede on Linda’s behalf. Make use of
      the particular privilege given to you to bring
      hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most.

      Come to Linda’s assistance in this great
      need that she may receive the consolation
      and help of heaven as she works with her
      challenges, particularly for the renewal and healing of the marriage of
      her children Frankie and Julie.

      We praise God with you and all the saints forever.
      We promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever
      mindful of this great favor, to always
      honor you as our special and powerful patron
      and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

      Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

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      1. Not crazy, STE, sober and alert you are. These are life-giving verses. I have tied my own knot to hang onto The Lord. St. Jude has our back, I daresay.

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      2. Thank you so much for this beautiful, wise and heartfelt sharing and prayer.
        “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!” Romans 11:33

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    2. Praying for your son and daughter-in-law that they may find their way back to the love they professed to each other. Jesus, Lord of love, heal this couple and their marriage, and Mother Mary and St. Joseph pray for them.

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  27. the pontiff insisted that homosexuals not only “have a right to be a part of the family” but also “have a right to a family.”

    how many IVF and surrogacy will be “made” for this to happen? Horror.

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    1. Yes, DoctorDave777 Recently the Pope refused to meet with any representatives from this Pro-life administration to avoid the appearance of favoring or interfering in U.S. elections. All the while he is working on this type of film and getting ready to release it before the election! I cannot express exactly what I feel for Francis but it is akin to disgust at his duplicity.

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  28. As it is inappropriate for me to comment in favour of either candidate for the Presidency of the United States, I would only hope that regardless of who wins may it be both a popular and an electoral landslide victory for the candidate as well as his respective party allegiance. I say this not to embolden the divisiveness amongst the general population within the country but rather to see where the nation truly stands on these issues without leaving any room for doubt or conjecture. For the victors perhaps it would grant a proven point and for the losers perhaps an opportunity to reassess their positions and understandings. When I see an American passport (along with the photo of the citizen) it shows prestigious patriotic images of a unified nation. It does not show grievances or the chaos of the last few decades nor those responsible. Both Beijing and Moscow are working in tandem not separately, trust neither since they both have an interest in the outcome. As for the Holy Father, we must remember it is the Holy Spirit who governs the teachings and protects the Magisterium. I believe Francis is indeed a holy man who will more than likely be canonised one day. This does not mean his assertions are without misunderstandings (being either his own or ours). We must trust the Holy Spirit is bringing to light that which must be brought to light. It would not be the first time his Holiness has spoken without realising the effect of his words upon the Church, but God Himself will work through it as He has always done before.

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    1. Pope Francis has violated the First Commandment with the Pachamamma incident. From what I see,he has not repented because he just issued a coin with an image which recalls Pachamamma, an earth type goddess image. I do not think he has repented of allowing worship of the pagan image in the Vatican and then blessing the image. No one can say what the future will bring, but I think that his actions are not worthy, so far, of canonization.

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  29. Watching the trailer, this film is clearly anti-Trump. And Francis talks about saving lives. No where in that trailer does he talk about saving souls. No where in that trailer does he speak of the saving power of Jesus Christ. But he does say that anyone who builds wall is not Christian. Dear Pope Francis: Please remove the guards and the walls from Vatican City!

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