The French Horns Sound Their Entrance

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By Charlie Johnston

I absolutely LOVE Tschaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Alas, I have only heard two performances of it in my life that do it real justice. Most performances completely botch the last triumphant section, making it furious and fast, focusing on the booming of the cannon. They don’t sufficiently invoke the pathos of the suffering Russian people in the early strains, many who lost all they had and were starving.

Actually, the 1812 Overture is the symphonic history of Russia’s agony, revival, and triumph during the Napoleonic invasion of the same year. It is as faithful a history in music as I have ever heard. The initial pathos of the strings evokes the people’s painful agony as Napoleon swept into the country, making his way towards Moscow. He seemed as close to an unstoppable force as any invader ever had. The furiousness of the center of the overture represents what Napoleon thought would be his triumphant entry into Moscow – but would actually prove to be his undoing. Rather than let the invader re-supply himself in the abandoned city, the people set a multitude of fires, nearly burning the city to the ground. Confusion and chaos reigned, as the formerly disciplined French troops took to looting and scrounging for a little food. After dithering for a month, hoping that something would come along, the French general finally began his retreat – right as the brutal Russian winter was coming on. The Russians had to do little, except harass the retreating French Army. It was one of the most disastrous incursions in history. Of the more than 600,000 French troops which invaded Russia, barely 100,000 survived the retreat.

The final section of the piece should be stately and steady – triumphant but not frenetic. All the Russians had to do was oversee the withdrawal. There was no need to chase the French out of Russia; the latter were desperate to get out.

Sacramento Rosary participants on Capitol lawn

Late in the first third of the overture, during the deep pathos, the triumphant theme that will dominate the end of the piece is first heard in muffled fashion as French Horns quietly sound the first call of hope in the midst of the misery. That soft sounding of the French Horns is my favorite part of the whole piece, for it is the sound of light penetrating the darkness, a foreshadowing of the true triumph of hope and renewal. Once the first sounding came that the Napoleonic forces were not invincible, more and more Russian troops and Russian citizens were emboldened to make their stand and defy the would-be conqueror. Oh, it is magnificent!

Last Saturday, the French Horns in Christianity made their soft entrance. In Sacramento, 150 people braved 111 degree heat to walk from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to the California State Capitol, where they prayed a living Rosary

Stephen and Kathy Raymond

and spoke out to resume public worship and Masses, despite Gov. Gavin Newsome’s efforts to shut the faith and the faithful down. This was a project that CORAC – the Corps of Renewal and Charity – collaborated in and supported, along with Fr. Richard Heilman’s US Grace Force. It was the brainchild of Kathy Raymond. Steve Johnston (my brother), the Regional Coordinator for California and Nevada, jumped in after Raymond started it and contacted our friends throughout California to participate and help plan it. Our Sacramento coordinator, Jeanne Condon, jumped right in and helped get people out and organized. By mid-morning Saturday, organizers were fearful that there would be little turnout because of the unprecedented heat wave that had settled on the area. But the people came.

There were no protesters. In fact, the people involved told me that passers-by, when they found out what was up, were giving them high-fives and fist-bumps, jubilantly saying it was about time people started standing up.

I was delighted to see our first CORAC project bring out so many under such adverse conditions. I was also delighted that my brother connected with so many of my dear friends across California. From San Diego, he drove eight hours north to participate – and stayed at the home of a dear friend of mine, Paula Tomei, in Yuba City.

Simultaneously, in Madison, Wisconsin, they had a procession over ten times as large at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Of course, this is the home base of Fr. Heilman and his US Grace Force – and he has the enthusiastic public support of his Bishop, Donald Hying, who not only endorsed the movement but led the procession.

Steve Johnston

May this movement spread and grow until, like the final passages of 1812 Overture, it swells to fill the earth with its potency and promise. Our journey to the Triumph has begun.  


At the annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, Antifa brownshirts had to be grateful that the town has NOT defunded the police this weekend. These clowns thought it was a good idea to go try to bully a town full of bikers. In the linked video, you can see some of the cops occasionally smirking as they protect the Antifa frauds and get them safely out of danger. It had to be a quiet delight for the police to have to be called to the rescue of people who have spent this year smearing and attacking them.

Antifa and the BLM communist front are hothouse plants. Outside of cities where Democratic officials protect – and even join – in their mayhem, they wilt and faint. The folks in the heartland aren’t buying what the anti-God left is selling.


Mary Lapchak is busy getting everything ready for next month’s CORAC National Conference in Limon, Colorado. It will begin with a reception on Friday, Sept. 11 and end on Sunday, Sept. 13. If you want more information or to volunteer, contact Mary at I will have some more details on the conference later this week.


Finally, a short mission statement on what CORAC is and its primary goals:

CORAC Mission Statement

Corps of Renewal and Charity

CORAC is a grassroots organization dedicated to defending the traditional values of faith, family and freedom. Its three primary goals are to:

  • Publicly stand for these values. This is accomplished by connecting activists into mutual communication and collaboration with each other. Regional and local groups will independently mount events to highlight the importance and efficacy of these values in their areas, in consultation and with the support of the national organization.
  • Prepare people to defend themselves against any effort to outlaw or suppress these fundamental principles. Activists will organize people in their regions putting an emphasis on public defense and advocacy of these three core values. To better organize all for every contingency, specific skill sets will be identified, on a volunteer basis, including communications, medical expertise, legal expertise, farmers and hunters, logistics, food gathering and preparation, tradesmen, police and military vets, teachers and catechists, artists, writer, designers, and religious ministers.
  • Prepare to publicly defend any of these traditional core values that are outlawed or suppressed.

Membership is open to all people of good will, without regard to ethnicity, sex, religious or political affiliation. Yet all members must support the traditional definitions of religious liberty, family life, and human rights as defined by natural law in the American Bill of Rights.

To facilitate this, national leadership will divide the country into regions and appoint coordinators for each. Each Regional Coordinator will appoint local coordinators to carry out the aims of the organization. Though the heart of the activism involved is local, it is with the consultation, support and coordination with all levels. Thus, the national organization will supply regional coordinators with contact information for those who have volunteered, regional coordinators will add people recruited through local events to the overall membership lists, and all levels will consult with each other on the specific projects that are mounted.

Both national and regional leadership will initiate the printing of pamphlets and other means of communicating the core message.  




192 thoughts on “The French Horns Sound Their Entrance

      1. Dianebelvs I listened to it many times yesterday!!! Just beautiful!!!

        Hey I found something cool yesterday… we had some close friends over and I was prepping a nice meal for them most of the day, and I knew getting my rosary in would be difficult to do so I thought 🤔 hmmmmm….I wonder if Alexa has the holy rosary on it?

        Alexa play the holy rosary 📿!

        Some wonderful man and his wife have all 4 mysteries right on Alexa with beautiful music and prayers.

        So if you have an Alexa in your kitchen and you’re cooking 🥘 👩‍🍳
        Cook and pray!!! Ha!!! Who knew?!?!

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    I’ll say again! If China Plague was not a bio weapon in progress, it was certainly made one when China knew it had a problem, kept silent for six plus weeks whilst allowing tens of thousands of Chinamen to travel to/fro The World ……. & China is, STILL, in Cover-Up-Not Cooperating Mode …… & No Doubt funding their LeftWing Puppets in the USA (Democrats)/EU (Socialists). Since the Glory Days of SlickWillie & AlGore, I don’t recall the DOJ/FBI looking, seriously, under the beds of Democrats for Chinmen?
    Yeah!! I Know!! …Russia, Russia & RUSSIA.


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    1. I guess the understatement would be “God’s got His work cut out for Him”…but that means us….Mass and Confession..etc

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  2. How I wish we could capture the g.l.o.r.y. and the l.i.g.h.t.! Nevertheless, another Botticelli beauty…

    O clement, O loving. O sweet Virgin Mary, pray for us that we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

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  3. Please, prayer warriors, pray for Jessica. Her calves, ankles and feet are swollen and this happened rather quickly. I know it is fluid. It could be so many things. My son, Jeff, has taken her to the ER. She has had a broken heart since (my grandson’s) Gabriel’s death in April and she has put on weight, but I do not think this explains it. I think that there is a serious precipitating factor which must be identified. I am feeling a somewhat frantic at the moment. They are going to a different ER than the one they visited in April. Thanks in advance for your prayers.


    1. Judith, praying… Let me tell you that this happened to me almost 10 years ago. Almost overnight my feet and ankles swelled. There was no pain, just the mysterious swelling. Frantically I went to my doctor who sent me various places, finally to a Rheumatologist who also could not determine the problem. He prescribed a 9 day steroid regimen & it went away, only to mysteriously show up again on Christmas Eve. Back to the doctor who was going to extract fluid to determine exact issue. Only no matter what he did, there was no fluid to extract. Put me on another steroid regimen and it never returned. This was when my mother was dying and my primary care doc believes it was stress related. I pray that the doctors find out what is going on with Jessica.

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      1. This ER was great for Jessica. They did MRI on legs, blood tests, and checked heart. So, they said she had “nothing serious”…. no blood clot, kidney problem, diabetes, weakened heart. They said she needs medication to help remove the fluid and compression socks for bad circulation….but I find it odd because she is only 28 years old. (She has gained weight since her son’s death and she does need to lose weight.) She will see the family doctor and work with him. …. I hope that they did not miss anything, but they seemed to take the situation seriously. And I feel at peace knowing that there is not an imminent threat. I was having flashbacks re my grandson and the day before Easter…..I cried a lot yesterday. I guess I just needed to get it out….I wish they had taken Gabriel to this ER, but we cannot go backwards…..Thank you for talking about your own experience Barb W……And I sincerely thank everyone of you for your prayers. From the depths of heart! God bless this wonderful community!

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