Shedding Spiritual Ballast

By Charlie Johnston

Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas – On about half of my daily intentions, I have taken to asking relatives and friends of mine who are deceased to pray for me and those intentions. Of course, that does not assume they are in heaven, because I can’t know with certainty. However, my understanding is that souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves – but can pray for the good of people still here on earth and that, in fact, doing that is an important part of their cleansing. So it seems to me that rather than just praying for the poor souls it is good for both of us to give them work to help expiate their purgatory. I have not fully examined this so I may be working from a mistaken understanding. I am perfectly willing to accept direction on this. (But unless you are my Bishop, just telling me I am wrong won’t cut it. You need to explain theologically and according to Canon Law where I have misunderstood.)


Being an older fellow, I sometimes indulge in grumbling of the ‘kids these days!’ variety. But those grumblings are rarely long or deep. That is, in part, because I do work with more than a few young people who are simply marvelous in their understanding and commitment to faith, family, and freedom. The larger part of it, though, is because of my awareness that young people have to navigate through a notably toxic cultural ecosystem these days – and my generation largely created that ecosystem. Some might object that we didn’t do anything. The owner whose fish all died because the tank had become so fouled because they never cleaned it could make the same objection. So when I see widespread dysfunction, I see it as it is, but I also look for how I contributed to it by my actions or by my failure to act when I could have. (I guess I was born with a subtle Catholic sensibility: Mea Culpa is never far from my thoughts and my lips.)

The issue now is not how bad things are. Rather, it is what we are to do to arrest the slide into pure spiritual and cultural anarchy. In his ‘Letter From the Birmingham Jail,’ the late Rev. Martin Luther King spoke of the need for the activist to take a very hard and clear look at himself to “self-purify” before engaging in direct action against a committed opponent. He also said he had come to believe that the greatest stumbling block to the civil rights movement was not its overt enemies, such as klansmen, but the moderates who were more devoted to order than to justice. Do we not see that heavily rooted in the current dysfunction? A whole host of religious leaders, supposedly conservative officials, and commentators, confronted with serial assaults on our faith, our families, our children and our freedom want, above all, to make no waves. Those timid souls are as worthless as the, “bucket of warm spit,” John Nance Garner spoke of. The Lord spoke even more contemptuously of such behavior in the midst of crisis: “…because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” (Rev 3:16). Diplomacy is a good thing, but neutrality in a time of moral crisis is a good way to earn a ticket to one of the lower circles of hell.

For today, though, I am most concerned with how to live internal purification to prepare us for one of the greatest spiritual battles of the ages. Here then, three habits of mind and action that will help us as this year unfolds.

  • Be deliberate and cautious. In an effort to appear smart without putting in the work, people often adopt either reflexive credulity or reflexive cynicism as a means to judge all things. Reflexive credulity abrogates all moral agency to the experts. It believes whatever it is told so long as it comes from an authoritative source, no matter what evidence there is to the contrary. At its extreme it denounces and demands punishment as enemies of the state (or whatever) anyone who is not also reflexively credulous. Reflexive credulity has been a chief enabling factor for every great social atrocity in history – but the determinedly credulous never learn. Reflexive cynicism believes that since some things are lies, all things must be lies. It fancies itself smart and “nobody’s fool” while spouting every bit of toxic and errant nonsense it stumbles upon so long as it can be used to smear someone else. Reflexive cynicism, in its effort to prove there is no good, gleefully destroys the actual good that is around it. It is the devil’s philosophy. Reflexive credulity and reflexive cynicism are opposite sides of the same coin of stupidity. In Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus gives the soliloquy that is often shortened to, let your yes be yes and your no be no. Many people think this counsels against nuance. To the contrary, read the whole passage. I interpret it as meaning we should judge a thing carefully by its own merits without a prejudicial lens and then take personal responsibility for the conclusion we come to. I read it as a firm repudiation of both reflexive credulity or cynicism. So I call on you all to be thoughtful and deliberate, taking care neither to smear the blameless nor champion the corrupt.
  • Be careful about making bold statements. When I first started writing about these times a decade ago, I frequently cautioned people away from making bold statements about what they would never do or how they would boldly handle complex situations. I maintained that these statements were commonly being made from several centuries of secure freedom and did not contemplate the reality of seriously extreme circumstances. I wanted people to think carefully about that reality – and then decide how they believed they should handle it. Theoretical bravery is a whole different matter than actual bravery. Just ask St. Peter, who swore he would NEVER deny Christ. Fortunately, in the last few years, people have been forced to deal with more than a few extreme circumstances. I personally know more than a few people who, having initially said they would NEVER allow anyone to force them to take an experimental shot, did exactly that when the pressure was ramped up enough or they got scared enough. Some of them, confronted with the complexities of the situation, made morally defensible decisions by taking or by not taking the shot. A Priest I am friends with was opposed to the shot. He took it, nonetheless, when his Bishop mandated it because otherwise he would not have been able to continue his very important ministry. “I thought hard about it, Charlie,” he told me, “and decided I am willing to be a martyr in order to continue this ministry.” I sympathized with him, but deeply respected his decision. Another Priest who was in authority in another Diocese, refused the shot and said he would, instead, request transfer and accept whatever consequences came. His courage prevented there from being a comprehensive mandate in that Diocese. Each of these Priests faced different circumstances – and both made courageous decisions that I think were right, given their different circumstances. Many people were put in a situation of having to choose between being able to support their families or maintaining a principle – and so chose the best they could, taking into account all the circumstances involved. People often think shouting their defiance gives it greater emphasis. If you haven’t thought things through before making a statement, it makes you look like a blowhard when you finally do have to consider all the circumstances and end up making a different decision than what you initially shouted. Take care. If you are looking for the emotional zing that comes from shouting a bold theoretical statement, there is a more satisfying way. I make most of my boldest statements in a normal conversational tone. I am often baffled when people are shocked that I mean it when put to the test later. But there is an emotional zing to that, too. Don’t make a loud, bold statement unless you have thought it through thoroughly, then make it calmly – and when the time comes, live it. If circumstances alter your assessment, candidly admit you were wrong earlier and that you changed your mind and move on. Don’t react to darkening times by making more frequent bold proclamations that you can’t live up to.
  • Take responsibility for what you say and do. Few things are as pathetic as someone trying to prove that an errant statement was actually accurate in some exotic way. Few things will more quickly strip you of your credibility. Make it your discipline to be cautious about what you say and then to acknowledge when you have erred, making a mental assessment of how to avoid making the same type of error again. Some people think that if they just go quiet about an error, people will forget it was ever made. They won’t. They will rather conclude you are unreliable even if they don’t mention it. If, instead, you acknowledge when you have erred, they are much more likely to conclude that you value truth and reason more than you do your own ego. Make it your habit to publicly correct your public errors. It is a great discipline. Having to admit error always stings – but if you couple it with a determination to publicly correct the record whenever you discover error, it will both enhance your credibility AND prod you to be extremely careful not to make such errors in the first place. If you are constantly grasping at phantasms and, as soon as they are disproved, move on to the next phantasm while telling people that this time it is surely true, you make yourself into an annoying crank instead of a trusted resource. A little humility and mea culpa goes a long way to helping make you better, more trusted, and valuable.

These are habits of mind and action that are going to become more and more critical as we go deeper into the storm. The challenge before you is not to prove that whatever thing you once said is true in some arcane way, but to help your fellows successfully navigate through the vicissitudes of the storm that is upon us. There are people who, I think, are the devil’s minions who want to tear us all apart. I fear we have let it go too far for there not to be some serious sundering before all is done, but if the devil cannot make us believe his preferred toxic lies, he gets the second best result when our fear and our anger lead us to rash oppositional reflexes rather than considered reason under God.


As the Covid shot mess unravels, two sets of narratives have arisen that cause me a lot of dismay. First, I have encountered some people who agree with me on the deadliness of the shots (and our whole approach to Covid) who are reacting with unseemly glee as the toll of serious adverse reactions and deaths accelerate. For heaven’s sake, we are the people who are called to call people back to sanity and hope, not to rejoice when those who disagree with us die. We might as well abandon any pretense to building society anew and just join up with leftists in celebrating death and destruction.

I know very well that some people took glee in trying to mandate these deadly and senseless regulations on us, so some jolt of schadenfreude as their schemes collapse is unavoidable. All those who have done this who are in official positions of trust or honor should be dismissed and, in many cases, jailed. But we are builders, not destroyers. Never forget that many people who took the shots did so because they chose to believe authorities who were once worthy of trust. Many were under such heavy coercion that they would not be able to support their families had they not knuckled under to the pressure. They are victims of a tragic betrayal of trust and honor. A little grace is called for.

The second set are those people who, letting fear lead them at the beginning, are still determined to prove they were right all along, despite the flood tide of evidence washing such illusions away. This is pure vanity and ego – and it is discrediting many people who once did some otherwise good work. I cringe every time I see someone say that we have always had athletes die suddenly. Yes, we have – but to compare normal times when it would happen globally three to six times a year to now when it routinely happens at twice those levels each week is so willfully and pathetically obtuse as to beggar belief. These are people who, trapped in a tub in the middle of the ocean, would argue that it is no big deal because they have had puddles in their yard before. The problem is that that level of obtuseness will cause many to perish needlessly…all for the sake that the persons in question don’t have to admit to error.

I have recently discovered that almost all the animal studies on mRNA shots have been wiped from the internet. Those studies are largely what I based my early opposition on. It generally took two to three years for the long-term ill effects to kick in. Once they did, things did not stabilize; they sped up dramatically. We are now seeing the long-term effects of the mRNA shots in humans start to kick in. If it proceeds as it did in the animal studies, we have a tough, ugly year ahead of us. I am still not comfortable saying in detail how the process generally worked in the animal studies, except that it progressively degraded the immune system altogether. Neither the gloaters nor the ego-driven pollyannas are going to help us weather this very tough challenge.

As I said from the beginning, God is not to be mocked – and when officials create hysteria around a serious, but not generally deadly, virus, that is to mock God. When they mandate half-baked remedies that actually make things worse, that is more mockery. But as much as God is offended by our behavior it is our reclamation, not our destruction, that He wants. The same God who sent a plague of vipers upon the rebellious Israelites in the desert also had Moses mount the brazen serpent that the rebels might be healed of the deadly bites of their punishment.

I call your attention again to the Brazen Serpent Prayer. I composed this prayer particularly for amelioration of the terrible adverse reactions to the Covid shots, but more generally to help put us back into right relation with God on all our health and wellness decisions. The owner of Full of Grace USA Supply House worked with me to design the cards. She was kind enough to sell 5,000 of them to CORAC at cost, which we have distributed to Regional Coordinators and Team Leaders to give out for free. I carry a supply which I give out at every talk I give. I will get some reinforcements this first quarter to make sure our leaders are well-stocked. But you can order them anytime directly from Full of Grace.

Please note that while Full of Grace has been a wonderful ally and partner to CORAC, we do NOT get any commission on these prayer cards. For us, they are an expense item, not a profit center. But it is part of our prime mission, to bring people back together in harmony with God. And God bless Lisa at Full of Grace. They handle much of our shipping for us at cost as well as working with us on many things. Ha! I don’t have to watch what they bill us for: I have to push Lisa to make sure she is recovering her expenses in working with us to bring hope to so many.


I will speak this Saturday, January 21, from two to five pm Central Time at Irondale Pickers, 5401 Beacon Dr., Irondale, Alabama 35210. I am pretty excited. When I was a little tyke, up until I was three and a half years old, we lived in the Norwood section of Birmingham – but I spent a lot of time with my great-grandmother who lived on a hill up above the train yards on Old Ruffner Rd. in Irondale. There was a big boy in town who thought I was a very cool little kid and would ride me all over in the basket of his bike. I loved it. If you watched the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the Whistle Stop Café at the center of the story was based on the little restaurant at the train station at the edge of town. My maternal grandmother worked as a waitress there in the 40’s and 50’s. For those of you who have read the book or seen the movie, you will understand why I became leery of my grandmother’s barbecue recipe. Being above the train yards, I loved the sound of all the trains shifting at night. It was very soothing to me – and the sound of a train at night is till soothing. I know that does not sound soothing, but if I was not in Irondale I was in Norwood where my nighttime serenade was raucous shouting punctuated by the occasional gunshots. I’ll take train noise every time. Hope to see you there.

In his natural habitat, our old friend, Crewdog!

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73 thoughts on “Shedding Spiritual Ballast

  1. How I love your counsel, Charlie, as well as the new ways you write as you review indispensable mindsets for these days of constant and ever-intensifying turmoil. Thank you.

    Here are a few paragraphs from New Advent from the latest edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia:

    Invocation of souls
    Do the souls in purgatory pray for us? May we call upon them in our needs? There is no decision of the Church on this subject, nor have the theologians pronounced with definiteness concerning the invocation of the souls in purgatory and their intercession for the living. In the ancient liturgies there are no prayers of the Church directed to those who are still in purgatory. On the tombs of the early Christians nothing is more common than a prayer or a supplication asking the departed to intercede with God for surviving friends, but these inscriptions seem always to suppose that the departed one is already with God. St. Thomas (II-II.83.11) denies that the souls in purgatory pray for the living, and states they are not in a position to pray for us, rather we must make intercession for them. Despite the authority of St. Thomas, many renowned theologians hold that the souls in purgatory really pray for us, and that we may invoke their aid. Bellarmine (De Purgatorio, lib. II, xv,) says the reason alleged by St. Thomas is not at all convincing, and holds that in virtue of their greater love of God and their union with Him their prayers may have great intercessory power, for they are really superior to us in love of God, and in intimacy of union with Him. Francisco Suárez (De poenit., disp. xlvii, s. 2, n. 9) goes farther and asserts “that the souls in purgatory are holy, are dear to God, love us with a true love and are mindful of our wants; that they know in a general way our necessities and our dangers, and how great is our need of divine help and divine grace”.

    When there is question of invoking the prayers of those in purgatory, Bellarmine (loc. cit.) says it is superfluous, ordinarily speaking, for they are ignorant of our circumstances and condition. This is at variance with the opinion of Francisco Suárez, who admits knowledge at least in a general way, also with the opinions of many modern theologians who point to the practice now common with almost all the faithful of addressing their prayers and petitions for help to those who are still in a place of purgation. Scavini (Theol. Moral., XI, n. 174) sees no reason why the souls detained in purgatory may not pray for us, even as we pray for one another. He asserts that this practice has become common at Rome, and that it has the great name of St. Alphonsus in its favour. St. Alphonsus in his work the “Great Means of Salvation”, chap. I, III, 2, after quoting Sylvius, Gotti, Lessius, and Medina as favourable to his opinion, concludes: “so the souls in purgatory, being beloved by God and confirmed in grace, have absolutely no impediment to prevent them from praying for us. Still the Church does not invoke them or implore their intercession, because ordinarily they have no cognizance of our prayers. But we may piously believe that God makes our prayers known to them”. He alleges also the authority of St. Catharine of Bologna who “whenever she desired any favour had recourse to the souls in purgatory, and was immediately heard”.

    PS I have prayed for years and years for the holy souls and long ago had spontaneously started asking them for help. Anecdotally, I attest that they help in amazing ways.

    PPS Nice dateline, Charlie. 😉 I had never heard of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas.

    PPPS Lookin’ great, CrewDog! And for those who may have missed my earlier comment today, I actually heard him, last evening, like music to the ears express aloud his wondrous, signature closing: GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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    1. Additionally Beckita, the story of Lazarus depicts a soul in limbo asking for help to those still living.
      If the Bible suggests such, it stands to reason that this may be true.

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      1. Hmmm, Phillip… It seems this parable illustrates that a poor soul in purgatory is unsuccessfully asking for intercessory help for himself (expressed in the metaphor of cooling water) from one (Abraham) already dead and surely saved – whether already in Heaven or yet in Limbo we know not for certain, but Jesus is telling the parable while He’s on earth, so I imagine if the Abraham character is our Patriarch, he must yet be in Limbo, the holding tank – if you will – for saved souls who could not yet enter Heaven until Jesus had opened the Gates once again. [I realize this is mystery as we know there is a distinction between time in human terms and time in Heaven (It will be interesting to experience Heavenly time.) 🙂 ] But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’

        This brings to wonderment does the chasm also mean that saints cannot prayerfully intercede for the poor souls?

        To the idea of whether or not we can ask souls in purgatory to intercede for us… this passage surely shows that this poor souls loves his brothers and seeks that they be enlightened about the afterlife so as to choose more wisely in this life. This indicates to me that the purpose of the cleansing in purgatory may well be enlarging the capacity for Love in the poor soul. But, in this parable, I don’t any references to someone on earth seeking the intercession of this poor soul.

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        1. I was referring to the line where he asked him to send Lazarus to his brothers which would be an intercessory for somebody not in purgatory. Kind of reminds me of Marley when he goes to Scrooge in a Christmas Carol and says it’s for his reclamation.

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        2. Wow I’ve always wanted more information/data about this exact scripture…
          In my youth I assumed he was in hell, but for last several years
          I assume that he most certainly was not in hell when wanting help for his loved ones, as people in hell would not do that…(also this is certainly before the gates of heaven and hell were opened)
          So I assume that he was in purgatory at that time because there is suffering, not just waiting… But…
          What’s confusing to me is the words used in various Bible translations for where he was at that time:
          Most common is
          Hades, but also Netherworld.

          Similar are:
          Realm of the Dead
          Waiting place of the Dead

          … Where all souls went after physical death, between Adam through the time when Jesus died and descend into Sheol for the 3 days, to judge all souls, and also then open the gates of heaven and hell.

          Thinking about it further today it’s looking like purgatory *must* have existed, and therefore must have been timeless, where each soul “experienced” the appropriate amount of cleansing time there. Even though each soul spent a HUGE variation of human/earthly time there.


      2. Here are a few other scriptural passages which suggest the dead, not yet in heaven, warning, correcting, enlightening and even helping the living.
        In Genesis 4:10, God tells Cain that his brother blood “cries from the ground. (Cain responds with indignity so God banished him. If Cain had repented, like David and Moses did, would God have forgiven him?)
        In 1 Samuel 28:3–25, God allowed the witch of Endor to summon the prophet Samuel in order to give King Saul the news of his coming defeat and death. (Samuel could have refused to tell Saul anything, but in an effort to warn/admonish him, did he do so?).
        In Matt. 27:52–53, the souls of many saints came forth from limbo (?) to speak to the living:
        “The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

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      1. Thank You so much MP for bringing Crewdog to us, and Charlie too for the picture with the plane in the background.
        Marieursula, you’ve got great ears- I had to go back and check!
        Thank You Crewdog for introducing me to websites I’d never heard of.
        What a difference from what you get from the “mainstream media”
        It makes you really feel sorry for so many whose only source of news is
        “fake news”
        eg, the notion that man has any effect on climate.
        I just happened to see this headline which which is an understatement:
        “Two Harrowing Netflix Documentaries Inadvertently Nuke the Ridiculous Notion That Man Controls Nature”
        (the article is about the Nepal earthquake)
        I didn’t read the article, I just like the the title of it.

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      2. I went back to this blog to check out the squirrel pic at the end,I coldn’t remember it, and whoops, there was Crewdog. Umm…

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    2. Beckita: I do also, and can say the same thing – that I’m *quite* sure that I have been helped on more than one occasion. For those interested, “Friends of the Suffering Souls” (FOSS) is a wonderful ministry for the Holy Souls. It’s easily findable online.

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    3. … a thought I just had…
      With places in Holy Scripture like 2 Peter 3:8 and others, I assume that Heaven is a “timeless” place, specifically comparing it to our human perspective of time…
      so, if heaven is a “timeless” place, (including most certainly the Holy Trinity, but I’m confident it also includes all of the saints and angels in heaven), then it stands to reason that whenever a soul gets out of purgatory into heaven, can then intercede for anyone on earth, whether “past, present, or future”.

      By the way, I have found no way to prove this, but I also strongly feel that purgatory is also most likely “timeless” compared to human perspective of time. If this is true, that makes it extremely easy for the “good thief’ to easily spend any/all required time in purgatory, (if any at all), and still be in heaven with Jesus at the end of that day. (“Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”)

      It reminds me of the old trick question: Can God see the “future”, the trick answer is NO, but the rest of the answer, is that it’s no, only because for God, there is no past or future, he sees everything in the present.

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      1. Yes, Kevin! I believe you are right! I prayed for my grandmother’s soul after she died and eight years later I had a vivid dream. There was a large parade and my grandma was on a throne as the honored guest. Family waved and laughed and cheered for her. But she was as I last remembered her–old, frail and still with her oxygen on. But glowing and happy! I awoke thinking, “Grandma went to Heaven today!” And the joy I felt (that lasted almost the entire day) could only have come from God. (I believe it was a gift from God for my faithful prayers for my grandmother.) When I told my sister about the entire thing later on, I expressed how strange it was that Grandma was just like she was at the end–sick-looking and frail. My sister said, “Well, perhaps, for her, it was as if she had just died, since time in God’s realm is different than ours on earth.” This gave me great hope that any time we spend in purgatory could seem very short. 😉😇

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  2. When saying the rosary, my husband and I always start by inviting all the Angels and Saints and the holy souls in Purgatory to join us in praying the rosary. Look forward to seeing you in Irondale this Saturday Charlie!

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  3. Thank-you, Charlie.
    I agree with Beckita that I have prayed for the holy souls in Purgatory, but at some point I began asking them to pray for us…and I do believe they do.
    HI 👋🏽 CrewDog! Lookin’ good 👍🏼
    God bless, katey in OR

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  4. Charlie, thanks for the encouragement to stay focus on building up and not giving in to the same tearing down treatment many received on not vaxxing.  Even today I read that Martha Stewart recommends executing any Unvaxxed….and all I can do is shake my head and think how stupid. So Charlie, your gift of grounding us back to the importance of those 3 steps of persevering for the good of God will be needed more frequently.  I see it here on the island, and makes me want to cry about the group think that is so prevalent.  And the race toxic issue grows.  Even now it is being tossed around that saying words from another culture or language if white is toxic and racists.  The word “aloha” for example to pleasantly greet someone almost all my life was a normal response and greeting.  Today I read that it is toxic for me to say due to my race.  And how in another part of the world, people are arrested for silently praying in front of an abortion clinic, threatened with jail/prison…the sickness grows. And wanted my 2cents on prayers for souls in purgatory….a long time ago I read an autobiography of St. Gertrude. She propagated prayers for the souls.  In a vision, she was told by Christ that a 1000 souls would be released saying her prayer reverently.  I have tried to say the St. Gertrude Prayer multiple times during the day.  If someone asks for prayers, I say this prayer and ask those souls who benefit, to pray for that particular person or situation.  And we are in such torrent NEED of constant prayers, along with constant action, which means we NEED constant reminders(hint hint Charlie🫢😅)

    And last comment is that it is a nice picture of crewdog, always a pleasure putting a face to a name!!!And in spite of my next comment risking racial insensitivity…🌸Aloha 🌺🤙🏼🌺 to you all and God bless each of you as I now ask the souls in purgatory to pray for this site, and all connected to it!Aloha Kaka’iaka ia’oi

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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  5. Great piece Charlie!!! Alas I am seeing the devastating results of many loved ones who took the jab and I concur it’s going to be a very tough year😩. I’m set to order 10 brazen prayer cards from Lisa! It’s the only thing I can think of to try to help them since it’s too late for them to change their minds on the shot😩🙏. Thank you for composing that prayer!!! Mail God heal the whole world from its effects and from the effects of the satan abs bring us all to the love and awareness of Christ!!

    Crewdog you are adorable!!! Ha! Good to finally see a face with your name!🥰🙏 And thank you for continually giving us not only great information but also for keeping the 🕯️ lit for us all!!!

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  6. Goodness, Charlie! Such sound and prudent advice! I will need to reread this one often as I do forget to be sympathetic to the poor souls who have died from the shot after wishing I’ll on those of us who refused it. I need to send up a “God have mercy on their soul” and “Bring comfort to their families” prayer more frequently (and, boy, frequent is definitely how it’s becoming!).

    Thank you for the picture of Crewdog! He does so much work keeping us up-to-date on happenings in the world, that having his face in my mind as I read his updates, will make it more personal!

    God bless you for all you do, Charlie, and safety for your travels!

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  7. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    ….Never ending Scandals….. SIGNS ;-(

    Great Places NOT to inhabit ;-(


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    1. CrewDog, it was SO AWESOME to “meet” you on Wednesday evening! Thank you for all that you do for us here, and thank you for your service to our country. You rock! 🙂

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    2. CD, so great to see the picture of the author of the “news gathering” service!
      I admit I had to chuckle when I saw the headline elsewhere about the thief who was injured by the angel’s sword. Additionally, it was wonderful to see that Tony Dungy spoke at the march for life!

      We are coming out of an experience that makes me think hard about some things Charlie has said. Good to “be” here because we had no home phone or internet service for a good part of the last week! Quite an adjustment!
      Love you all!


  8. That ubiquitous “mea culpa” can get one in a LOT of trouble. I am a cradle Catholic, I have Mea Culpa’d all my life. So, when I was in a terrible accident with an 18 wheeler – he hit the back of my little Toyota, spun me around, and crushed the front with his back wheels. I had “pulled out in front of him.” even though I never ever saw him. There was a curve, one I’d crossed MANY times over years. Mea culpa…So…my insurance paid for everything, then they sued for 50 million. Do not know what happened there,…BUT, actually there was no telling how fast he was going, he had his girl friend and her daughter in the cab, un- seatbelted… No matter what, MY “mea culpa” sealed the deal. Oops. ,

    Oh, well. All is well and God is still in charge. BTW, when the paramedics – who were in the car just behind the big truck, so didn’t see a thing – arrived, I said, “Oh y’all are not angels.” 🙂

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  9. Ya know I never in my life thought to pray to the souls in purgatory before!!! I always heard they couldn’t pray for themselves anymore so I just figured they were powerless to pray for us this side of the veil! Ha!!! I’ll start doing it today! 🙏🙏🙏. Now that I think 🤔 about it thought, it does make sense because we are all so very connected in the communion of saints 🙏🥰📿

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  10. Greetings from Greendale WI.

    A request: IS THERE SOME WAY THAT YOU CAN PROGRAM CHARLIE’S WRITINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO WISH TO PRINT THEM TO READ THEM? The way they are set up now is one thin column on a 8×11 sheet so this last post took 32 sheets to print. Would you please format it in a more economical way for people to print them? Thank you.

    Laura Lee Wierzbinski

    ​JMJ O Christ Jesus, when all is in darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things. St. Ignatius of Loyola

    Sent with Proton Mail secure email.

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    1. Laura, you can do the formatting on your end quite easily. I just copied Charlie’s piece at my computer. Then I pasted it into a word document and set up narrow margins and actually increased font size to 14. By doing so, the document was then a mere 5 pages in length. God bless.

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    2. Laura Lee, I believe that you are getting that long a document because you are attempting to print out not just the text of the post but also all the comments.

      When I do a “Print” on my computer, I get a well-formatted post running just barely into the top of Page 7 and then at least 25 pages of comments.

      If you try again to Print, take a look at what your computer plans to print out and then tell it only to print the pages of the Post itself, not the comments.

      In my case I would tell the Print dialog box to print out just the first 6 pages. Since I have a Mac, I can Print directly to a PDF, which I would do for those 6 pages, and then I could check what would print before I print it.

      Give that a try. Your Print dialog box should have a way to show you what the pages will look like before you print it, and if so, then you can see which pages contain the post text and just print those pages.

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  11. When I was raising my kids , my philosophy boiled down to these few self regulating rules…
    1) Don’t say anything you aren’t willing to follow through on. Ex: “If I have to pick your hat up from the floor one more time, I’m going to throw it in the garbage.”
    No I won’t, it’s the only hat he has and it’s -33 degrees.
    2) Say yes to as much of the small stuff as possible so that when you say no, it sticks. Ex: One day my son wanted to ride to the mall with a friend who had just gotten his drivers license. A few days before I had seen this 16 year old friend driving with his head hanging out the window like a dog while hollering and paying no attention to the road. This same boy was now going to take a car load of friends to the mall during peak traffic. I said, “No.” To my surprise, my son didn’t argue. Because my son couldn’t go, they all decided not to go. I told my son he might just have saved lives. He responded, “no, Mom, you did.”
    3) React quickly and loudly for the two year old. Ex: “HOT! Do not touch the stove!”
    Under react with a teenager.
    Teen: “I’m going to get my tongue pierced.”
    In my head I’m thinking, over my dead body but I say, “ let’s make a list of pros and cons.”
    4) Finally, listen. Really listen to what is being said.
    I tend to think of everything from the mom perspective. It seems we can apply the same methodology to what Charlie is talking about.
    I won’t take the time and space to list examples of how these 4 points fit into what Charlie wrote but it’s kind of like “Everything I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.” Not that it is, but it should be that simple.

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    1. Kris, I love this list; thank you for your words of wisdom. Once I figure out how to print it this out, I’m going to do so and put a copy in my breviary.

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  12. “I am still not comfortable saying in detail how the process generally worked in the animal studies, except that it progressively degraded the immune system altogether.”
    The below linked paper discusses this in some detail.
    It is a bit heady, but it summarizes at the end of each section in a more general way that is basically understandable to all.
    “The biological response to mRNA vaccination as it is currently employed is demonstrably not like natural infection. In this paper we will illustrate those differences, and we will describe the immunological and pathological processes we expect are being initiated by mRNA vaccination. We will connect these underlying physiological effects with both realized and yet-to-be-observed morbidities. We anticipate that implementation of booster vaccinations on a wide scale will make all of these problems only more acute, and it will serve to further erode antiviral immune competence and innate cancer surveillance and protection for the global population subjected to these repeated boosters.
    In this paper we explore the scientific literature suggesting that vaccination with an mRNA vaccine initiates a set of biological events that are not only different from that induced by a nonmRNA type vaccination but are in several ways demonstrably counterproductive to both short- and long-term immune competence and normal cellular function. These vaccinations have now been shown to down-regulate critical pathways related to cancer surveillance, infection control, and cellular homeostasis (normal intracellular balance). They introduce into the body a highly modified genetic material.”

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  13. Charlie, why did you choose to call your prayer The Brazen Serpent prayer? I cringe when I hear the name of that prayer.

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    1. From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (Numbers 21:4-9)

      Judith, I love the title since I have long felt we are making our own Exodus from this era of horrific evil into our own promised land foretold to us by Our Lady at Fatima. Maranatha, Jesus! That your Mother and ours may soon, and very soon, launch an Era of Peace!!

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      1. The serpent has long been a symbol of the medical community. However, I really cannot stand snakes. Even though I know this story you cite, the name still unnerves me.

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    1. Fuel costs affect everything. I am sure that farmers are concerned that eggs will be rejected by many people at a certain price. (There are egg substitutes)
      Suppose they produce costly eggs and then cannot sell them? They would have a massive loss. …… I do not believe that avian flu is the cause but I am not a farmer and I really do not know for sure.

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    2. Hi Linda & Gang,

      I’ve read articles/posts about Avian Flu Virus of late but most come from WHO, CDC, Chinamen and The Usual “Media” Suspects …. none of whom I’d trust with yesterday’s newspaper! …. as THEY ALL foisted the ChinaPlague Hoax & Hysteria upon US/World and:

      1) Learned that THEY could fool & control huge segments of Planet Earth and get away with it.

      2) THEY will gleefully use the very same tactics again to terrify, confuse, divide and control …. ALL to further THEIR godless Socialist, Green, Abortion, LGBTQ?, Open Borders, “Great” Global Re-Set Agendas.

      3) Is it ALL part of a Plot/Plan to depopulate Earth by disease, starvation and violence?
      ….. it sure looks like a Dress Rehearsal for The End Times to me!

      4) Do I think satan and his demons/useful idiots are in on it? You Betcha! ;-(

      5) JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU! 😉


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      1. Hi Crewdog! Thanks for responding so quickly! So awesome to know what you look like now so I get a visual in my brain 🧠 when I read your awesome posts! That was sweet of Charlie to reveal your appearance 🥰

        I think you are spot on! I heard Fr Ripperger say they want to reduce the global population down to 500 million 😩. That’s not a lot compared to how many are alive currently! I did find this piece today on Twitter!

        Like Crewdog says, God save all here…and our loved ones too🥰🙏⛪️

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      2. Crewdog keep scrolling down that piece I just sent to get to the article! There’s so much stuff in front of it you think it’s not there, but it is lol 😂

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  14. During times of extreme hardship (anguish, grief, shock, any disaster, failing health, etc.) I find that the simplest words are all I can manage in the way of prayer such as “Christ, have mercy on me a sinner” or “Blessed Mother, Mary, intercede for me”, St Michael the Archangel, defend me in battle . be my safeguard….etc”. ……. I know that my beloved grandson is a great saint. I have been talking to him a lot lately as I battle through some very tough concerns…..I believe that there is a thin veil between this world and the next (maybe like another dimension) and this veil is pierced when we pray from the heart to those who have passed. Christ allowed my grandson to give me a sign that he is praying for me and that he hears me from the heavenly realm. This was a great comfort to me.

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  15. By the way, I asked to be placed on CORAC’s prayer list in early January. I want to thank all who have been praying. I am still battling. May Christ reward you for your kindness and generous prayers.

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  16. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    SIGNS ;-(
    ….. THEY & THEIR Media/Hi-Tech are enraged that THEIR ability to shut US up is being infringed … & EXPOSED!

    Blue State Blues


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    1. Below chart dovetails the above zerohedge link re public school mass exodus.
      (NAEP-natl assessment of educational progress) see where your state rates.

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  17. It’s wonderful to see you, CD! A shot of encouragement.

    Charlie wrote:
    “If it proceeds as it did in the animal studies, we have a tough, ugly year ahead of us. I am still not comfortable saying in detail how the process generally worked in the animal studies, except that it progressively degraded the immune system altogether. Neither the gloaters nor the ego-driven pollyannas are going to help us weather this very tough challenge.”

    If we’re lucky/blessed enough to not have succumbed to the shot, there are many more reasons to be humbled.

    There are numerous reports, accelerating in number, on how we are being (either/or intentionally and/or negligently) poisoned in a multifaceted approach. Our food supply, water, the air we breathe, soil, medicine, etc. etc is all of it, affected. It’s not a stretch to say this has been going on for bit (?years).

    It occurred to me that there may be none unaffected, in some way, by some degree. It seems the feeling of relief from having not participated in some vaccines, is extremely short-sighted and rather a temptation to be overcome.

    Charlie spoke of how his trust in God is his armour, while taking tnrs. In this larger scenario, The Brazen Serpent Prayer is a weapon of hope. For some of us miraculous physical healings. For all, spiritual healing. +God give us Your strength, steadfastness, all the graces we need to walk in Your ways.+

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    1. As you say, LL, a multifaceted approach. The more I study, the more I realize how we have been “poisoned” by many toxins. I remember finding out years ago that flouride was toxic, as well as being harmful to thyroid. Because of the Health Freedom Summit, I have watched many health videos by truthful doctors, as well as researching the whole time of the “plandemic”! Many years ago, I realized that we have to be our own advocates (when I was given the wrong thyroid medicine).

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  18. Charlie, one of your best! Thank you.
    This will take several re-readings.

    As far as I know, I am the only un-shot person in my immediate and extended family. My heart aches when I contemplate a life in which most of my loved ones have died, probably much before their time.
    Of course, as an old lady, I might precede them, as God might will.

    I love your thoughts on “Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean”.
    When the shots were first available and I did not get one, I got a heartfelt letter from my son-in-law, begging me to change my mind. (My husband read it first for me- “Get Kleenex” he said.)
    But when I wrote back, telling him how much I appreciated his concern and explained my reasons, we resolved the situation with respect.

    Otoh, I have people who will never, short of Grace, be able to admit that they were wrong and repair some broken relationships.
    Praying the Brazen Serpent prayer for each family member individually, over time.

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  19. Some of you have seen this already:

    Wow! Actor Jonathan Roumie (who plays Jesus in “The Chosen”) takes the next right step at the 2023 March for Life. ❤

    May the Lord continue to bless and keep Jonathan ~
    Sister Bear

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  20. I moved last year to an apartment near a train track. The train goes by twice a day, once north and once south. I don’t mind it. It is kind of reassuring that commerce commences and work and life continue.

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  21. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Mark & Daniel worth a watch:

    Why does this ProDeath Scandalette have authority to summon Priests. Eh!?

    A Bottomless Pinocchio for Biden … DC Compost & NYT be dumping ChinaJoe which means his PuppetMasters are too!
    I’ll bet THEY use DocScandal as Resignation Excuse and then end ALL other Biden Crime Family/Friends Investigations ’cause THEY have so many other “important” things to do …. Ya Know!?? …. like rounding up 6 Jan Trespassers, Pro-Life Christians and those that spread “Misinformation” about ChinaPlague Killer Clot-Shots and DC Swamp Villainy ;-(


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  22. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Beyond the realm of possibility!?
    …CTH … It’s NOT about Pancakes scroll down:


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  23. One of the chief parts of my daily prayer includes those souls which have been one way or another a part of my life. I especially am comforted by several little ones (one of whom I did an “emergency” baptism) whose prayers I especially solicit.
    The plenary indulgence is one of the Church’s most compelling gifts. During my NDE, despite being painfully aware of my shortcomings in serving God, there was no requirement for a cleansing – I received anointing before being loaded into the ambulance. God keeps His promises to His Church.
    I am certain that their prayers are effective – each and every one.
    God bless you, Charlie
    Dcn. Vic

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  24. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Perhaps our Covid Gurus here can evaluate this possible Good News?

    EXCLUSIVE: I just put the FAA in a “no win” situation
    …THEY will Stonewall/Cover-Up above while THEY push the below!

    SIGNS!… Quite simply we are watching the long planned, engineered & orchestrated collapse of Western Civilization…. and it began decades ago ;-(
    …. Beck had Tice on the Radio this morn. The Old Timers here have been talking about it from the Start. Read the book “One Second After” for a preview of what the USA would be like with no Grid.


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