By Charlie Johnston
Over the last few weeks several people whose counsel I value deeply have pointed out to me that these last few months I have often revisited old prophecies – and all too often with an unsavory tone of self-justification. They are right.
When I made a couple of significant errors, I said that I would step back from public prophecy. I must keep my word.
When people privately ask me about any new visitations, I usually say that all that needs to be said about such things has already been said; that now we are in a time when we need to act to hone the habits of faith, mind and resolve to handle whatever happens rather than restlessly worrying about the details of what is going to happen. I sometimes get visibly annoyed when people try to find the “answer key” of inside information instead of simply surrendering to Christ, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to those around them. God forbid that I should be contributing to that sort of fruitless speculation.
That is not to say we don’t acknowledge and seek to grapple effectively with the realities around us, the rising storm that is taking the form of a civil war fought on cultural lines. Most of my life has been spent analyzing and prognosticating about social, political, cultural and religious matters – either for public figures or in print and broadcast media. But the great majority of that has been spent without reference to any mysticism.
All too often we seek to bolster the credibility of our own thoughts by attributing them to God. Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not – but implicit in it is often an effort to evade our own full responsibility for what we say. Though it has not been my intent, I have sometimes been guilty of that.
Wisdom is its own justification. What we say here must and will rise or fall on its own merits. We will continue to discuss the signs of the times, extrapolate future consequences from the trajectory of current events and, most of all, work to develop the habits of faith, mind and action that will help us weather whatever may come, trusting firmly that, however things may seem, Christ is in full command of all storms.
You may, of course, reference approved prophecies from others, such as Fatima, Lourdes and even non-condemned prophecies such as the messages from Medjugorje. For me, I will stick to ordinary analysis from the perspective of what Christ calls us to from Scripture and the Magisterium – emphasizing how to lift each other up in tumultuous times.
Wisdom is its own justification.