By Charlie Johnston
I have been going full speed ahead. Makes it a little tricky to get time to do full posts. The good news is that I have a full day free both Sunday and Monday, so I will look to get something serious up after Mass on Sunday.
I thought you might enjoy this picture of Linda who comments here. She and her husband, Michael, drove all the way out to Jackson, Michigan from Ohio to visit with me. She is just as bubbly and bright in person as she is in the comments section. Michael told me early on that he rarely reads me. I chuckled as we reached the end of the night, because he had been enthusiastic during the talk and conversation. I told him, “Level with me. You originally drove all this way to indulge your wife’s enthusiasm for a religious nut – but you enjoyed yourself.” He chuckled and said he had very much enjoyed it – and would gladly come out again…but that yes, originally, he did it to indulge his wife.
I have talked to CrewDog, for all of those who are worried. He is hale and hearty. He just
decided on Memorial Day to take a bit of a summer break from the internet and catch up with things on the home front. His email to me began with the inimitable phrase, “Old age sucks.” Not to worry…to paraphrase Arnold Schwarzenegger, “He’ll be back.” So pray for CrewDog during his sabbatical to recharge and we will hear from him again in God’s own time.
Once again, I will be speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, tomorrow (Saturday, June 15) at 6 p.m. at Templeton Farm in Goffstown. For info, contact Doug at asoh.Manchester@gmail.com. Then on Wednesday I will speak in the Albany area of New York at the Queensbury Knights Hall at 6:30. (I like that name – Queensbury…Stella Maris!) Thus far, attendance there looks to be light. That’s okay by me…a small gathering allows for more intimacy and candid discussion. I still give folks all the time we need. Last night I had a private dinner with about 20 people in Syracuse, set up by the wonderful woman who writes the Godversations Blog. Karen and her husband, Bill, have lived real sorrow…losing one young child to brain cancer and then losing an 18-year-old daughter in a car accident a few years later. Yet they live their faith with profound joy and hope. We started dinner at six and I stayed until midnight. What a wonderful group of committed pro-life and pro-God people. I tell you, Aslan is on the move in this great land. He is not the loudest in the land, but His power is rising with joyful resolve. Hosts worry about crowd size…so if you are in the Albany area and are free Wednesday, contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will reassure him. But we will have a grand, old time regardless – and I’ll hang with you as long as you can stand it.
I’m actually having more fun this time around than I ever have. A great change has come across a lot of the faithful in the last few years. Most I have spoken to are no longer restlessly trying to focus on preparation. Instead, they are resigned that hard times are here and will get worse – but they are resolved to stand and be true…and in the process, have rediscovered joy. I love it.