The French Horns Sound Their Entrance

Mascot designed by our own MP
 

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.  

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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.

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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 lapchakma@gmail.com. I will have some more details on the conference later this week.

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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. Just so beautiful, Charlie! The weaving of the Overture – I remember you mentioning your love for this music back at TNRS – with the CORAC image and the Mission statement, crowned with the glorious kick-off in Sacramento and at the Wisconsin state capitol. Tears streaming and gratitude swelling…

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    1. The most moving concert I have ever heard where the symphony played the 1812 Overture was in Salt Lake at Snowbird. Up in the mountains on a beautiful summer day, snow still glistening in the sun on the peaks. They had real cannon a mountain man reenactment group provided. It was so moving, we brought Robin’s parents along. All were moved deeply as the music cascaded down the valley and the cannons boomed their declaration of victory. I will never forget it.

      CORAC is an exciting and inspiring peaceful effort that is worthy of all Catholics and indeed good Christians to be silenced no more. I look forward to participating in processions as I learn about them for our region. I did not know about Madison…I really like the Bishop there, he is a good, holy man who is outspoken in defense of God and His Church.

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  2. “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.”

    Amen, Amen, Amen. ❤

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    1. Jlynnbyrd, “spread and grow … ” makes me think of this:

      “Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever …” from the song “Eidelweiss” popularized in “The Sound of Music.”

      Eidelweiss, which in the movie, Baron Georg von Trapp sings in front of an audience containing a group of Nazi totalitarians sent to keep track of him. He sings as the next right step, as a sign of hope to hearten his countrymen to continue in the love of their country despite the menace facing Austria. He falters during the song, his wife joins in with him to help, then his children, and soon, the whole place is singing! 🙂 (Well, not the bad guys …)

      “Bless my homeland forever!”

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      1. I grew Edelweiss in my backyard in Chicago! I love that song, and movie scene. It was by far one on my mother’s favorite movies, and that song oddly became a daddy/daughter song for me and my dad to dance to. ❤

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        1. That is so sweet, Jen! Daddy-daughter dance songs are the best. My daddy-daughter song is “My Girl” by the Temptations. It was my parents’ “song,” and so it also became Daddy’s and my “song” to which we danced at my wedding.

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  3. Since I was born and raised in SD, the Sturgis video was especially fun to watch. I used to be rather embarrassed to admit I was from SD. Now I wear it as a badge of honor. I consider SD the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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    1. Regina “Jeanie” Karp McQuistion – born an raised in SD. My class was the last graduation class at St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis. They then moved to Rapid City. 6 of my 7 siblings graduated there.

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    2. Once traveled to Wall, SD to visit the Badlands, KristenReh. Love the area! Would definitely consider retiring out that way. Was thinking, maybe they should rename the Badlands to the Goodlands of South Dakota. 🙂

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      1. SD is basically divided in half by the Missouri River. For the most part, East River gives you plains and West River gives you hills. Both areas are beautiful in their own way.

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  4. I played the 1812 overture while reading this…my favorite rendition is at the Hollywood bowl. It’s always the final act during the summer concert series – complete with Fireworks. I suppose the fireworks don’t do justice to the pathos of suffering Russians, but it get’s my heart pumping. I think Russians are only really happy when they are suffering — my observation as a Comparative literature major back in the day. “And eternally so, all our lives hand in hand. Hurrah Karamazov!” Sounds like a line CORAC could use…

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  5. Your Sturgis video is fun to watch Charlie, but I was hoping for video of the living Rosary in Sacramento. May every blessing and grace be yours.

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    1. I thought I was too pinched for time to follow through on things, but Our Mother wasn’t having it. Also because you guilted me earlier, I felt compelled to go back and add an option for the CORAC bombardier gear in “Hello Kitty” pink.

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        1. Yesssss!!! I am ALL OVER that “Hello Kitty Pink” hoodie; I’m definitely getting me one of those. (The guilting was unintentional, but I’m glad it worked.) 🙂

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          1. Traveling…trying the catch up on emails…..but didn’t want to miss out on where we can buy the awesome gear. Has that info been given out yet? God Bless!

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        2. MP, I love the fierce look the squirrel has! And the flowing design of the leaping squirrel in the name. Just beautiful.

          All this reminds me of the UConn Husky mascot which was redesigned awhile back. Maybe you know about it? Atheletes complained the previous logo didn’t look fierce enough—the doggie looked like he’d as soon roll over for a belly rub than fight. I really like the new logo. Everyone can see here:
          https://sportslogohistory.com/connecticut-huskies-primary-logo

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          1. Littlelight, I’m with you: I love that squirrel! I’ve taken to calling him “mean squirrel,” although “fierce” is a better word (’cause we squirrels aren’t mean). And when I first saw him, he immediately made me think of an NCAA mascot, too: the Bronco of Western Michigan University, which is the alma mater of my brother and his wife:

            https://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/6q2n4cfaz18i54b7eqp0ffp0s/Western_Michigan_Broncos/1998/Secondary_Logo

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            1. Oh, Wow, Mick that Bronco is a stunning mascot! Takes your breath away with the spirit of courage and determination in it’s eyes. I thought Uconn’s Husky Dog had that same steady unbeatable look.

              Yes! It’s the eyes! Exactly! I thought so too!

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              1. Yep, it’s the eyes… and the snarl. The squirrel and horse’s mouths are shaped like, “Back off, Jack, or you’ll regret it!”

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  6. Great great stuff Charlie!!! So happy to see CoRaC in its infancy!!! What a great great thing to do in these times!!! St Joan of Arc! Ora pro nobis!🤗 🇫🇷

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  7. Love the graphic, MP. Great Job! I think you have to know graphic design to appreciate how difficult it is to create a composite image that blends perfectly the way yours does. You are very skilled.

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  8. I assume the organization is open members of all religions as Charlie said we would partner with Protestants, Jews, and presumably even Muslims of good faith. If so, perhaps this statement should be amended to explicitly include religious affiliation:

    Membership is open to all people of good will, without regard to ethnicity, sex, or political affiliation.

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      1. My hubby, the self-proclaimed expert of useless knowledge, stated that there is 379 wing of the USAF which may find our display conflicting. Who knew?! He did, and well who knows? I’m just putting it out there. ❤

        379th Air Expeditionary Wing
        379aew.afcent.af.mil

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        1. My uncle Marty was B17 pilot in the 379th in Ww2 stationed in England. At the time it was army air corps not Air Force. and later in Korea. He bombed the heck out of Hamburg where my daughter now lives…much to her dismay. He flew home on leave and watched the D-Day flotilla leave as he was heading home. As his heir I give permission to use any images that might be related to the 379th 😉🙃😉

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          1. When my boys were little, I had the opportunity to take them up in the restored B-17G Nine-O-Nine of WWII fame. A couple of rascals, they were uncharacteristically respectful and observant during the flight. Unfortunately the Nine-O-Nine when down last year in flames, killing 7 of the 13 crew and passengers on board. Here’s a pic of one of the original crew and my rascals climbing aboard:

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  9. “…short mission statement on what CORAC is and its primary goals:”

    I propose whittling the mission statement to:
    Defend Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.

    I think every American can get behind this and whereupon any circumstance may reflect back on this mission statement and decide an action.

    Q- Am I “defending life?” Am I defending Liberty? Am I defending the pursuit of happiness?

    If not, stop. re-evaluate.

    Are you willing to die, become imprisoned for the mission statment?

    case in point: Fishing. It may come a time when we are hungry, go to fish and am confronted by a ‘cop’ (law enforcement officer) asking for our “fishing license”. Food is life. It is provided by God for our survival. Are we willing to Defend Life.

    We have become so very dependent on legislators enacting laws “for the greater public good” we don’t see the inhumanity of certain laws affecting daily life. Fishing is one example.

    In nYs an annual fishing license is twenty dollars. It is not the cost, but the principle.

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    1. This is why it is harder than it looks to write something like this, Sean. Nowhere do you mention faith, which is the foundation of of Western Civilization and the cornerstone of liberty. We are an ecumenical group, but not a secular one. You want to be both comprehensive and concise in a mission statement. You are concise, hitting a critical emphasis – but not comprehensive.

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      1. Mission statements are never easy, often take time and energy. I spent 4-6 hours in a conference room fine tuning a companies mission statement & came away with two words: “save lives”. It was short, concise and to the point.

        How about:
        “In full view of The Creator of all things: Defend Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness” or

        “Under God, Defend Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness”

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  10. I also would like to see an “Anytime, Baby” squirell patch made. Reminicent ofthe F-14 Tomcat. Use as a merit based patch for someone who defended the mission of Corac.

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  11. Alleluia, Indeed. Great, hopeful news of faithful souls acknowledging God.
    Hey! I saw that CoRaC Squirrel here this AM, plane and all! :-)) love it! Thanks.

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  12. The Sturgis video… i had tears in my eyes watching. This is the momentum we need. Scary and enlightening at the same time.

    Kinda like attending a Saint Patricks post- parade party with the NYpD, all boozed up and armed.

    wrong place to announce “this’s a stick up”.

    True story. Robbers announced the same phrase in a midtown manhattan ‘cop’ bar…on payday. After the smoke cleared the only sound heard beyond a chuckle… the bartender loudly asking “…what did the juke box did to you. Why did you shoot the jukebox?”

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  13. The organizers did a fabulous job arranging the event! We were even blessed by plenty of shade and a priest who peeked out of the cathedral! I was shocked by the desolate atmosphere in downtown Sacramento. We had to have been the largest gathering in that city. It was empty! Shops and storefronts closed, many businesses with boarded up windows. It reminded me of downtown Fresno on a weekend that I had been there long before COVID.

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  14. Ok. Orationis Bellator = Prayer Warrior; Fighting 379 ? WWII bomb group (most tonnage and success)
    h e p on the strap??? Knights Templar crusader cross. Oh – and the nice CORAC patch.

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  15. This summer, traveled back to SD to visit family. Our son and grandson hiked around the badlands a couple of times. My sister Rosalie lives close to there.

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  16. Charlie — Thank you for the video of Sturgis. It brought tears to my eyes and in a strange way was very heartening — an affirmation that we are not alone in this defense of our freedom (and faith and family.)

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  17. Are you sure about Fr Heilman? I watched one of their US Grace Force videos and they were going on and on about Covid being a conspiracy by secret powers to deprive us of our rights and to take over the world. Sorry, but they sound crazy as loons to me. Especially that Altman guy.

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    1. Oh yes, I am sure of Fr. Heilman, Dendrite – and as when you tried to buck up the Covid panic porn in your only previous comment, you have badly misrepresented what Fr. Heilman has to say on the subject. But thanks for dropping by. It’s nice to know the actual loons care enough to try to drop the occasional stink bomb here.

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  18. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! – PM 😉

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/michelles-speech-what-the-devil-ordered

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/five-minute-warning-santa-fe-warns-of-preaching-suspensions-for-homilies-over-time-limit-50962

    https://newsbusters.org/blogs/techwatch/corinne-weaver/2020/08/18/censored-big-tech-silences-over-260-biden-critics

    The Democrats, overtly & covertly, have supported the Violent Mobs in cities they have long controlled. The problem with Mobs is …. they develop a “mind”, direction & momentum of their own. The Democrats think they can control The Mobs…………..
    Much of the current Run on Guns-n-Ammo is fueled Lefties who have figured out, too late, that their Political Masters have lost control of The Mobs whilst The Masters live in gated compounds guarded by Tax Payer Funded private security.
    https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/19/where-black-lives-matter-rioters-learned-to-call-looting-reparations/
    0:24 / 5:03
    Kyle Shideler’s testimony to Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution (on ANTIFA)

    https://americanmind.org/essays/fight-the-mob/

    http://www.floppingaces.net/2020/08/19/trumps-secret-weapon/

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/la-senator-highlights-church-attacks

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/08/19/must-stop-race-war-democrats-perpetuating-leo-terrell/

    https://patriotpost.us/alexander/72843-the-biden-harris-assault-on-the-second-amendment-2020-08-19

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-operation-legend-barr-200-federal-crimes-1000-arrests

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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    1. the article above: https://americanmind.org/essays/fight-the-mob/
      and the important article within it:https://americanmind.org/features/preserving-the-american-way-of-life/
      is very important.
      The articles explain everything that we are about and puts it in its proper
      perspective eg …”Republicans focus on reducing taxes and regulations, gun rights, strong defense, and all the rest of the traditional Republican policy agenda. All this is important, but not as important as family because—to repeat myself—it is strong families that make it possible to actually implement this agenda.
      …The war is over the institutions that form our culture. This is a culture war.
      … There was a time when our opinion-forming institutions—academia, media, entertainment and so forth—supported the American way of life. But no longer. The Right can no longer challenge elite culture from within these institutions, because the Right has virtually no troops on the ground. It is necessary, therefore, for the Right to fight the culture war on the battlefield of politics….”
      and the rest of the articles even get better, explains everything in detail, especially the 1619 idea.

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    2. Wow, CD. The “expert” testifying is awesome, but troubling. The real Antifa is totally organized (and financed) worldwide! How stupid some of our leaders are! Mr. Shideler is a walking encyclopedia on Antifa!

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  19. Hi! MP Thank you for the shirt designs, I really like them. I do have one suggestion about the color.Would it be possible to also offer the shirts in a vibrant Royal blue? That would honor our Blessed Mother, and show our allegiance to her in our battles, with our Rosaries as our weapons. God Bless CORAC, and all participants.

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    1. Maybe CJ doesn’t want this to be talked about yet, but there’s probably no harm in addressing some basics.

      So far the official CORAC gear items, configurations, color variations (including royal blue), sizes, etc. offered are extensive. Extensive. That’s made possible by tapping the best all-round fulfillment provider featuring the most reliable automation and integration available for CORAC’s site. The staging store is built and running, but only Charlie, Mary L. and yours truly can access at this point. We’re just waiting on the new CORAC site to be completed so I can push it there to launch, at which time someone can provide more details.

      Not only is CORAC a force to be reckoned with by air, land and sea, she’ll aim to be mighty efficient to boot. That said, I really wanted a shirt version on Kelly Green with a Shamrock (for myself). Not happening for me at this moment as these providers are currently balancing the supply chain realities of the Covid era. Since they’re huge, they’ve obviously got all the standards covered (including Royal Blue in key items), but everything is not always available at all times. Every once in a while, you’ll also see a size constraint, new items added, or discontinued. It’s the nature of the business.

      The royal blue included in the logo and many gear items is a great way to honor our Mother, and CJ wanted it that way too, though he’s savvy enough in this too to know that there are varied tastes. Yeah, I ran with it, which is why you’ll also find “Hello Kitty” pink right there with the Navy Blue, Military Green and other options.

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      1. Thanks for this, MP. We here in America often think that every wish should immediately become reality – but logistics do demand certain limitations. That is why the doing is always harder than the imagining. You have done FABULOUS work, and when it is all unveiled, I think everyone is going to be gloriously happy.

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  20. Andrea who some of you have prayed for, my friend says is out of her coma and doing better, but my friend still wants more prayers that she continues to heal and not relapse this time. Thanks for the prayers.

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  21. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! 😉

    A Good-One for These-Days! — HeartLight Daily Verse – Psalms 16:8
    “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can shake us loose from the grip of God’s grace if our hearts remain close to Jesus as our Lord, and our hope remains focused on the Lord’s return. If Jesus is our Lord, then all of life’s greatest blessings lie ahead of us and we will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!
    Prayer:
    Holy Lord, you are worthy of majesty, honor, and praise. I lift up your name, O God, and place it above every name. As I look to the future, I want to honor you and find you there. Since I believe you will never leave or forsake me, I will always look ahead to find you leading the way. Through Jesus I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more

    Of course! Never been out of the Catholic womb, Mike Voris, refuses to acknowledge that there are a Whole Bunch of Faithful Christians Out-There besides Catholics … and unless I have to retreat to Detroit, my foxhole in BubbaLand is going to be full of them 😉
    https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-whats-left-really?mc_cid=11ff008ad2&mc_eid=2a0b6c7ef6

    https://www.lifenews.com/2020/08/19/pro-abortion-nun-will-speak-at-democrat-convention-as-biden-tries-to-fool-catholics/

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/dem-convention-dumpster-fire-dnc-moderator-omits-god-pledge-allegiance-video/

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/janice-dean-coronavirus-testifies-nursing-home-deaths

    News Cycle is burnin’ up the wires:

    https://thefederalist.com/
    https://amgreatness.com/
    https://www.americanthinker.com/
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

    GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC & ALL HERE!

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      1. You are so right, CrewDog! This is all so distressing. I can only take solace in the comforting Biblical stories of Gideon with a small army defeating the Midianites, or David defeating Goliath with a stone. God is with us. And “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

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    1. Good luck convincing anybody to not wear a mask.
      Everyone I know thinks it is criminal to not wear one.
      The brainwashing has been complete.
      Believe me, the snitchers are in good supply.

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        1. Timothy, it’s as you say in the small towns I’ve been to in our home state of ND, but here in MN, where we live in the country close to a small town, there are mixed feelings. The small gym my husband attends has now reinstated wearing a mask while exercising too. Mostly the people who go to exercise there are at least 60 years old. So, wearing a mask seems to be more unhealthy when working out, from what I understand. It is a Mayo branch of the Mayo System in Rochester. My husband asked why the change now. The young lady who manages the place told him quietly that they are expecting a second wave. sigh. Seems rather convenient to me. 😦

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      1. FOR THE SAKE OF … SORROWFUL PASSION,

        You are absolutely right! Even when I give personal accounts of COVID and those who have recovered, give raw data on the minuscule deaths in my county, comment on the personal knowledge of suicide and ODs. People still say, I’m wearing a mask for my husband who has diabetes…. if I didn’t have the faith… I’m afraid of what I might do.

        And Charlie is right about the liberal, white suburban moms to my utter an d astonished dismay!

        I feel so isolated plus irritated about the unhealthy mask wearing. The poor children forced to wear masks to school.

        Folks are plain scared of dying. I saw a video once where a man interviewed people about where they would go after death. Many said hell 😳 and Didnt seem troubled by it😳😢.

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    1. That gentleman said that he has had 6 friends kill themselves since the lockdowns started. Praying for the repose of their souls and for their families. Praying also for this man and his family, because now they may become targets of the unhinged left.

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  22. Lovin todays first reading!!!

    Reading 1, Ezekiel 36:23-28
    23 I am going to display the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am Yahweh — declares the Lord Yahweh — when in you I display my holiness before their eyes.

    24 For I shall take you from among the nations and gather you back from all the countries, and bring you home to your own country.

    25 I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your filth and of all your foul idols.

    26 I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead.

    27 I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws, and respect and practice my judgments.

    28 You will live in the country which I gave your ancestors. You will be my people and I shall be your God.

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    1. Bob, it’s an interesting problem. When I checked the link in your first comment as it was awaiting moderation, I could access the page just fine from there, but not from either comment after it’s been posted. I’m going to simply delete the first comment and leave this one.

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      1. Google Richard Wurmbrand Marx and Satan PDF. That should bring it up. It is not a fun read by any means but it does show some of the demonic roots of Marxism and also some of their terrible behaviors and how they follow from their roots. I am continuing to read t through it and have read it before in the late 70s. This man was a stalewart believer in hard times.

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  23. So this is a nice sign of hope in India!!

    Char and I spoke with Fr Francis after Mass…we brought up Mother Teresa of Calcutta because we 3 prayed a flying novena to her together!

    So yes! Although Fr Francis didn’t know or meet St Teresa he did work with the brothers for one month!

    He said they awoke at 4 am. No cell phones or tv or anything like that. The brothers took care of homeless and mentally ill.

    The sisters of charity took care of the women and babies!!! So many babies, he said, they were EVERYWHERE crawling, walking etc… there is no abortion in India (so far although he says rich do it secretly) and everyone knows if their baby is sick or they can’t care for the baby, they bring to sisters of charity! So many babies he said it was the cutest thing he ever saw!

    One more cool story…The sisters of charity have a very big van with their name on it so when they go to market, everyone sees them and brings them tons of food in 🧺 baskets!!! Medicine also is free for those the sisters and brothers care for. Very interesting but he said the west is creeping into their culture. Not good!

    My story of hope for today.🤗❤️🙏

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  24. Totally non sequitur, Yesterday in Confession, I was confessing my sin, and Father pops up, “Totally squirrely.” I thought it appropriate!

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    1. Makes me wanna go out and buy a canoe, paddleboat, or raft so I can join in one of those Trump boat parades, Linda! Even the name “Trump boat parade” has a happy sound to it. 🙂

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      1. Amen the Phoenix!!! I watched it again just a few minutes ago!!! So heartening to watch something good and beautiful and true just to try to erase some of the nastiness of the antifa anger!!!

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    2. I’m still crying, Linda! All those boats and people and even the military involved! Wonder how they got the military birds to fly over?! Awesome. It reminds us that there are so many good people in this country!!! It gets drowned out by the evil at times. Let’s all speak up as the man at his city council meeting did in the video posted by one of you! Righteous anger, we’ve had enough.

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  25. If Covid 19 blinding us to other events in the world? Magnectic North is still curiously moving towards Tunguska Siberia, which happens to be pretty close to China. It wouldn’t surprise me if the prospect of China becoming a winter wonderland is part of the reasoning behind their aggressive posture in the world. Can the axis poles really move? Archaeology would say “yes”, ancient (post Tower of Babel) civilizations around the world seem to point towards different poles and equator. God probably shifted the Earth’s axis back then when they settled down after Babel and built monuments to worship the sun & the stars, and there’s a curious climate change event happening in the days the Patriarch Josesh when he was sold into slavery in Egypt. What’s going happen? No one really knows, but the world isn’t going to flip upside down like some claim that’s for sure, if the Earth’s axis does shift, it will likely be small changes in the climate. Could this be what the “CO2 Climate Change” narrative is trying to cover up or manipulate?

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    1. The axis doesn’t shift, Al. It is the magnetic poles that can and have shifted in the past and are drifting right now. If the physical axis shifted everything would be immediately destroyed. But people have been confusing the physical axis with the magnetic poles for a long time.

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      1. Small changes in the axis on the scale of miles per year wouldn’t be destructive, the earth rotates on axis and travels around the sun a lot faster than that. Anyways, less focus on what if’s, and consider what’s going through the minds of the left.

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      2. The earth is a free sphere moving around in space, what force or mechanism prevents the axis from shifting as much as an inch? There’s been reports of the earth wobbling in the news, isn’t that indicative of a moving axis?

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      3. Strong denial isn’t the best answer or approach Charlie. I have a background in applied science, I know how to sort the real articles from the fake ones, nor do I go seeking & promoting junk articles for kicks.

        Anyways the best answer for topics like these is: “Acknowledge God & take the next right step, as God is in control” like you’ve said for everything else. Even if the Earth’s axis should move, we have God, and that’s what matters above and beyond everything else. Stella Maris.

        https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2805/scientists-id-three-causes-of-earths-spin-axis-drift/

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        1. Al, I’m not sure what hot button I hit with you on this, but we may be talking about similar things using different terms. Drift in an axis is possible, even common, as weight shifts can get things out of round causing a wobble (as anyone who has ever owned a ceiling fan knows). A shift is a different matter. Both drifts and shifts can happen with a magnetic pole, but a true shift on any axis would have catastrophic effects. That is all I said – and with your background in applied science, you know that to be true. A tire can get out of round, but its axis cannot physically shift even an inch from where it is.

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          1. Writing like this is a limited mode of communication, it’s easy to fill in the gaps with assumptions. The intitial mention of the topic of the topic was in regards to the mindset of the globalists & ruling left a (government & wealthy) the followers of the left are fed the climate change narrative in hopes of using them. I’m sure God does allow for a slow movement (drift) of the Earth’s axis, God may have used this to end the worldwide pyramid culture after Babel, as those ruins sit on a different equator than today 30 deg off (17% difference). Magnetism is a interesting subject to study, the poles lead and motion follows, it’s reasonable to expect true North to follow magnetic North, but the distance that true North follows magnetic North will only be a fraction of the distance (less than 10%) and will be slow moving due to resistance caused by the Earth’s shape being wider around the equator, so don’t expect any world ending pole flips that the fanatics have been pushing on the internet, that’s just fiction.

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            1. Just to complicate the issue, Al and Charlie, I remember reading 2-3 decades ago about stromatolites which grow due to microorganisms and have been around for a few billion years. They have been used to measure Earth’s tilt hundreds of millions of years ago. You can find a research article from 1985 here:

              Click to access VANY8521.pdf

              What this shows is consistent with other methods, indicating an axial tilt of around 22 degrees or so plus or minus a few degrees. Of note is that there seems to be *no* evidence among these growths indicating that the Earth’s geographical axis has ever flipped, unlike for the magnetic poles, which flip often as evidenced in volcanic rock in various places. There does seem to be a close correlation over long stretches of time for the magnetic poles and axial poles to be near each other, but during the time prior to the magnetic poles flipping, the magnetic poles tend to diverge significantly from the more stable geographical poles.

              Also, when considering gyroscopic action, the correct question isn’t whether or not there is a mechanism that prevents tilt but rather is there a mechanism that can force a substantial tilt. To move the axis of a gyroscope, you have to have a mechanism that would force the tilt to change by pushing on the geographical axis, like Archimedes’ lever. There is no such mechanism, since the Earth spins in space. No *outside* lever.

              It *is* true that the Earth’s axis does move over time in small increments, as the stromatolites and other measures indicate. The principal cause of axial wobble around the normal point appears to be from alterations in the core that cause imbalances in the “weight” structure of the core with respect to the rest of the planet, meaning portions of the core or the core itself moves so that its center of gravity is temporarily offset from the exact physical center of the planet. This takes place only over large periods of time.

              I have also heard some say that the Earth’s pole can *appear* to move or flip with relation to the surface of the planet, due to the crust of the Earth sliding across the mantle suddenly. Again, the stromatolites that have been studied indicate no such event has ever occurred, but the qualification here is that I don’t know if the entire past 3B years of stromatolite “history” has been checked directly. Nonetheless, I believe it can be a good bet that that has never happened.

              It *is* apparent that we are in the stage before the magnetic poles flip. Nobody knows how quickly that process will play out, either in terms of how quickly we move to the point of flipping (which is in process now) or in terms of how fast the actual flip will occur. My wag is that the flip itself goes very fast, in a matter of days. If that happens in the next decade, it will add a truly apocalyptic event to the Storm. The loss of our planet’s magnetic shield would force people to hide underground for those days, and isn’t that one of the prophecies, that kings and commoners will hide under rocks to avoid the Lord?

              But, hey, I could be wrong. 😀

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              1. Yep that’s some of material I’ve come across. God is driving our planet around the Sun, it’s a good bet he won’t cause a accident for a lesser
                apostasy.

                I can see this becoming a bigger concern in the near future, as the magnetic poles & south atlantic anomoly is getting more & more coverage, it would be good to give some thought into how to calm people down ahead of time.

                I did some calculations for that 30 deg example I gave earlier over a period of 7 years (pretty fast), and came up with 1.6 miles per day (a tortoise moves faster than that.), and it probably took longer than that. The Earth spins at 1037 miles per hour.

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                1. Well, Al, in keeping with the spirit of the times, I disagree – I think we should start panicking people. Masks can’t keep you safe from a four-on-the-floor Pole Shift, nosirree! And the Earth spins at 1,037 mph only at the equator. At the geographic poles it spins at 0 mph. Since hitting something at 1,037 mph is a whole lot worse than hitting something at 0 mph, I think we should tell people they aren’t safe anywhere except at the poles. Then if we panic them north, we can have the South Pacific to ourselves. 😀

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                  1. Good one 🙂 , it got a giggle out of me.

                    You’ve hear the expression “take it with a grain of salt”, with reguards to this topic you need the whole salt shaker. The evolutionist time scale of billions of years vs Christ’s genealogy of approx 6000 years creates a marigin of error in excess of 99.999%, the vast majority studying this topic have intentionally blinded themselves due to pressure to conform to deep time. I would say the time scale of a magnetic reversal would be a lot shorter than estimated. Also if the magnectic field collapses, the force created by the magnetic poles would cease, so no more force would be enacted on axis until the current & magnetism starts “slowly” flowing in the opposite direction, the Earth’s rotation would continue as normal. I have doubts that even the core would flip 180 deg.

                    The only thing people should perhaps be concerned about would be the extra ultraviolet light causing sunburns & skin cancer.

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                  2. SteveBC, I found a article, that may explain things. Motion & having a iron core isn’t enough to genetare a magnetic field, you need “energy” to create magnetism. Our Sun is in a grand solar minimum, less energy from the Sun means a weaker more sickly magnetic field here on Earth, this could be the reason for having multiple weaker poles and a anomoly in the South Atlantic.

                    Take note of “transfer of energy” mentioned in the article:
                    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/solar-minima.html

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  26. Will someone much smarter than me comment please on this? Supposedly it proves there WAS at least something going on with the Russians. My liberal never-Trumpers are having a field day. Please help. Bekita, if you need to send it on to one of the guys privately, I ‘ll understand.

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    1. Do you have a source for this “something going on with the Russians” Nance? If this is the language of the ones speaking to you about Trump, it seems to be a stubborn, lame way for liberals to continue perpetuating lies about the President.

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    2. Sundabce, a Catholic, at The Conservative Treehousevis hands down the most comprehensive source on spygate, etc. His work has been explicitlt cited by Lou Dobbs and Sydney Piwell, Flynns lawyer follows and supports him. He is credible.

      “Our”Senate is corrupt, especially the commitee that commissioned that half-arsed report.

      Articles under Sundance spygate” tab are a good place to get the lay of he land.

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/category/spygate/page/2/

      Short andwer to your specific question, Rubios job is to cover up , paper over, the crimes of the Senate Intelligence (?) Commitee. Warner, Burr and Feinstein are criminals and the deep state, including, apparrently now, Barr cannot let the light of truth shine ob the crimes of “our” government. Instead, they distract by pretendingvto do something…this report by Rubio for example,

      General Flynn is an innocent Christian man who was framed by the DOJ. It gets worse as you get up to speed on Sundance extensive work.

      That said, be of good cheer. The truth, praise God, is known by many high ranking patriotsand the truth of these things is knowable by you and me

      God bless

      P.s. if anybody has a better set of links for Nance that will simplify her reading, pkease chime in!

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  27. The Senate investigation said there was some interaction between some of Trumps team and Russia but not Trump himself. It concluded this was “dangerous” but not collusion, per se, but did not give any details about why it was dangerous other than that it was with Russia.
    I guess colluding with China, but not Russia, is acceptable these days……But we know who is pro Trump and who isn’t in this respect and why any dealings with Russia (unless your Hillary/Obama) is anathema but somehow China is our friend.

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  28. Those darn squirrels! It is increasingly difficult to find short positive stories to open conversations with my neighbors. Last Tuesday, as usual, Johnny O was eating his morning bowl of oatmeal under his ash tree in his front yard watching busses and traffic when a cheeky squirrel dropped a half eaten tomato on him! ….probably stolen from his garden, which is also free for the picking (but it is assumed you will eat what you take). Story makes folks smile. Johnny O repairs kids’ bikes for free. He is known and valued. We also have a tiny library in front of his house stocked with kids books and food. Canned sardines are amazingly popular.

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  29. The ever-profound Anthony Lilles:

    This is a tough one – so hold on to your seat. If the new evangelization is to be fully engaged today, we need to understand walls. The contemporary man, or rather post-apocalyptic androgyne, loves building walls – not the kind that sets boundaries in which to thrive, but rather divisions for manipulation and oppression. Having once clamored hope, he peddles fear: whether border barriers or fences between angry neighbors, he is all about dungeon partitions.

    Caged in narratives of constant crisis: his own state media shames, patronizes, intimidates, moralizes, and blames him as would an abusive parent with ever changing but always oppressive norms. Without regard for consistency and coherence, a new ethic divides the communion of hearts that he might otherwise know, and this not for nobility or greatness or tender goodness, but for sterile, hygienic and self-absorbed cellphone monological explorations. After he exhausts himself in the effort to appear in compliance with masked manipulation, we must ask, did he really tear down the wall of atheism or simply expand it until the West woke in partitioned dialectics?

    Not just brick and mortar, not just digital, but spiritual automated sliding class doors, gleefully operated by empowered middle managers of social fantasy, torment the anima technica vacua. His technocracy’s new “uber”class thwarts any thought that might spoil its commercial domination until he is gated away while he secretly indulges in forbidden conspiratorial myths vulnerable to winds of rage and despair. What is performed in the most visible part of life, is also erected in its most intimate moment: blocking off the very fertility that married love was meant to know until he has stifled any hope of new life.

    Not limited to the secular and profane, barriers define his piety. He sacrifices the most vulnerable at the altars of a biomedical complex when, in the name of public safety, he condemns his own flesh and blood to dismal facilities of loneliness. In the meantime, governmental powers use scientists to raise barriers of prophylactic policy between the faithful and God, the communicant and the medicine of immortality.

    How do we preach the Gospel to this creature atop his self-made precipice? How do we offer him a cup of water or a word of truth as he crawls along such perilous labyrinthian paths? If deluge cannot wash him free, is there fire that might consume walls never meant to be?

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      1. I discovered Anthony years ago via the Spiritual Direction site which Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke founded. God bless them all for their contributions to nurturing the interior life.

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