Proclaim the Kingdom

By Charlie Johnston

Jesus died for us boldly and in public. He asks of us, in return, to boldly and publicly proclaim Him and His Kingdom.


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In each of our issues of the CORAC Newsletter, I write a column to kick things off. This last issue it was entitled, “Proclaim the Kingdom.” I think it is a piece we should all contemplate so I repeat it here:

“The only thing powerful enough to sustain a noble purpose until the end is love. Vanity won’t do it: it withers when it is not noticed. Vengeance won’t do it: it eats away at the heart until it has mutilated the soul. Greed won’t do it: the more it gains the more it craves, until there is no room left for any purpose other than greed.

All the motivations encompassed by the seven deadly sins are focused inward: how can I satisfy myself. They eat away at the self even as they are exerted. Love looks outward: how can I care for those around me. This is the beginning of love.

St. Augustine said, “You Have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Some insightful men have paraphrased this to describe a hole in the heart that can only be filled by God. The deeper your love for God, the deeper your love for your fellows, and the more you will trust that God knows how to handle all things most efficiently.

Unlike the deadly sins then, which only make the hole in the heart bigger and more insatiable, when you fill that hole with God, you are both satiated and filled with purpose. You progressively lose that, ‘what’s in it for me’ bug that the satan is always trying to inflame in you, and become consumed with keeping faith with God and, thus, your fellows – His people.

A noble parent will die eagerly to save his child. (And yes, I know to my sorrow, that some modern parents care little for their children except as fashion accessories). Expand the love you have for your children to as many of your fellows as you can and you tap into the unending source of fuel needed to endure all pains and surmount all obstacles in your quest for what is noble and what is true.

Everywhere I go, almost everyone I know is walking on eggshells, waiting for the bottom to fall out of the leaky tub we find ourselves in. Some get lost in the firehose of dysfunction that surrounds us, decrying each evil as if we could just end that one all would be well. It is like complaining that the faucet doesn’t work when the house is ablaze: true as your outraged observation may be, it is not terribly relevant to the issue at hand.

Others get caught up in nostalgia, hoping that if we could just get back to some critical piece of the good old days, all would be well. That drives some of the enthusiasm for the Traditional Latin Mass, something I have a lot of sympathy for. The reality is that many of the most faithful Catholics adore the Latin Mass – and in growing numbers. But it is a self-selected group. People like to go to the Latin Mass because many of the most orthodox people go there – and as things get crazier, it is where a lot of orthodox people feel most safe.

But back in the day, it was not a self-selection of orthodox folks. It was everybody – and the very disorders that bedevil us now took root and sprouted in the culture where the Latin Mass was the only option. As Shakespeare said, the problem is not in our stars but in ourselves. The problem has become not that a particular element is out of whack and that, if we can fix that, all will be well. Everything is out of whack. The house is ablaze – and fixing the faucet is not going to change that.

We are at the very edge of some cataclysmic change. It may not be as dire as I think it will be, but it will be comprehensive. The ship of state is not in for a tune-up; it is about to undergo a complete overhaul.

Now is the time to truly trust God and do the little we can that is right in front of us. Obsessing over a fragment of the disorder or yearning for a better time is not a way of dealing with the problem. It is a form of escapism that creates an illusion of useful advocacy.

I operate from the assumption that things are too far gone and all is coming down for a time. So I deal with those dysfunctions I can that are right in front of me, but my focus is on the things we will need and can do together to rebuild and renew under God after all seems lost. Figure out where you will get your basics – water, food, shelter – and how you can band together to extend those necessities to those around you. That is what will put us in position to grow together whatever happens.

It is fearful because we do not know exactly how it will all happen. But that is a feature, not a bug. God wants us to rely on Him more without failing to do the little that we can with our neighbors, with love for each other. Trust me: when we give him that little fish of our trust with the tiny part we can do, He will use it to feed a multitude. Divine love grows to fill our lives. We will do what we can BECAUSE we love, trusting that whatever outcome God allows will forward the Kingdom.

If I am to live, may I live for Christ. If I am to die, may I die for Christ. However God disposes things, with this sort of love, the Kingdom is unstoppable. Let us all go forth and bear fruit that will last.”


Fr. Daniel Hammer says the funeral Mass for his father, Dr. Bill Hammer – our late Region 7 Coordinator, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Ankeny, Iowa

Our dear friend and former CORAC Region 7 Coordinator, Bill Hammer, was laid to rest on Thursday after dying suddenly last week. It was an amazingly classy and deeply moving ceremony. Fr. Daniel Hammer was joined by a good 20 or more of his brother Priests – and Duluth, MN Bishop Daniel J Felton was there quietly for the entire service, funeral and memorial luncheon. Bill’s family is obviously hurting a lot, but in the midst of the pain of loss, they remembered the joy he brought all of us. 

Bill’s youngest son, Micah, gave a eulogy and told the story of when he had cut his finger badly and asked his Dad if he were going to die. “Yes!” Bill said, “but not today.” I could hear Bill saying it. It reminded me of when Bill was considering taking on the role of Regional Coordinator. Riding alone with me in the car, he said, “I think some of what you say is pretty nutty, but I think the things you do will help a lot of people.” It was not the most rousing endorsement I ever heard and did not lead me to expect much. But boy, did Bill become one of the most energetic and committed evangelists of CORAC in the country!

May he rest in peace and may all of us follow his example and proclaim the kingdom that is even now bursting anew among us!

One of our chief squirrels, Bill Hammer, is laid to rest

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36 thoughts on “Proclaim the Kingdom

  1. Cheers for Sheryl and the outstanding work she does!!

    Thanks, Charlie, for reprinting your CORAC piece here: another solid mindset check.

    It was a privilege to pray along with the live stream of Bill’s funeral. And pray for his family we shall continue to do in CORAC as they walk the path of mourning now. I discovered Bishop Felton when viewing the ordination Mass for Fr. Daniel as well as his first Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving. I am impressed – limited as my view is – with the ways I’ve seen this Bishop give personal attention and affection to his priests.

    Love the image above. Looks like a great setting for the Sermon on the Mount!

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  2. Thank You Charlie for mentioning Bill Hammer, again. I’m from Region 7 and Bill had a profound effect on me. Always good to hear from you Charlie. Wishing you the best of health.

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  3. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉 PM

    The Party of Death and THEIR Judges will NOT Give-In!!

    WHY!!? … Exactly!! Would smoebody here explain it to me …. or do I, already, really know the Answer?

    Yes! THEY are!!

    THEY are NOT ignorant or incompetent! THEY are just following orders from Principalities, Powers & THEIR Useful Idiots ;-(

    Wait! I thought ChinaJoe & Handlers fixed THESE PROBLEMS? ……… and I was thinking those still empty shelves was ’cause we had more $$$ than we could spend ;-(
    I’m sure that The Biden/Harris Admin. has fixed something in Our USA but that success story does not come easily to mind?


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    1. Just a suggestion, searching on duckduckgo(dot)com for freeze-dried food and water filtration, etc should yield various options.

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    2. I agree with the water part! SoCal is a desert and water is certainly not easy to find, even rain. If we don’t live near a body of water, then what? We have some food, will have shelter, unless someone takes our home (too painful to imagine). Some things don’t seem to have an answer now, unless God intervenes and gives directions.

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      1. Each week, or more often, buy a large pack of shrink-wrapped purified or Spring Water from your local supermarket store or from Costco or the like. Store it in the garage, the basement or somewhere with a reasonable amount of space. Approx. one gallon per day per person.

        To pick dried food, read reviews of large containers of dried foods designed for long term storage. Select the best. Dried fruit might be good for a change, such as dried apricots are a good starter.

        Purchase a small butane gas powered warmer, like the ones they use in restaurants to keep your food warm. Or read reviews and pick the best one. Ones powerered by butane canisters maybe the easiest to use. Read more from survival guides and they’ll give you plenty of ideas.

        Weapons for self defense would seem to make sense.

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  4. My heart is so saddened by the many losses of loved ones. It is becoming harder and harder to keep my focus on where THEY are for the sorrow of not having them here. “The living will envy the dead” has become so true. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Charlie.

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  5. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    THEY are very afraid of Trump and the MAGA Movement!

    YES! THEY are getting desperate and know that THEIR heads are on the Chopping Block if THEY are exposed in full … ChinaPlague Hoax and entire godless Global Re-Set Agenda! Rich, Powerful and Desperate People are the most dangerous creatures on Earth!!??

    It’s where we are then … ;-(

    A bunch of smart folks are predicting Worldwide Famine next year. We got anyone here smarter that say: Not So!?


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  6. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉


    Is there a single Feral Gubermint Alphabet Agency that WE can Trust?!?

    … & Dept. of Just-Us is still hunting down 6 Jan Capitol Tresspassers

    I don’t believe the below is Far-Out ;-(


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  7. Great piece, Charlie! Looks like it was a beautiful funeral Mass for the good doctor!!! My condolences to All his beloved family.

    Dr Bill’s funeral Mass brought to mind when my own father passed away and how heartbroken I was for a good 3 months 😩.

    He came down with Lou Gehrig’s disease shortly after he retired ! Dad was the sure glue to our family and truly, we all have never completely recovered from our loss. He is still deeply missed.

    Sort of a cool story, I had a dream about my dad around 6 months after he passed away! In my dream, he called me from a phone in heaven with a very long chord, and thanked me for all my prayers. He said to me, “this day, I’m getting out of purgatory and I’m going into heaven ! “ He said he had been in purgatory for 6 months for being grouchy on his deathbed! 😂. When I awoke from that dream, it just so happened to be October 7th! The feast of the Holy Rosary! To me, this was a big sign because his whole life he had prayed his rosary 📿 in his car everyday as he was a paper salesman which means he drove a lot! Lol

    When my dad was dieing from that horrible disease, he and I prayed the rosary together every afternoon with ewtn.

    My dad was the one who first told me about Medjugorje! He was fascinated that Our Lady was appearing there and that people that went there were called, “pilgrims!”😂

    My sister also had a dream about my dad around the same time as me. We grew up a sailing family. Racers, to be exact. In my sisters dream she and her family were sailing around this little island 🏝 on Lake Erie, when all of a sudden she saw dad waving at her from the shore in the distance! When they sailed nearer to the shore, they could see that my dad had taken off his glasses 🤓 and proclaimed loudly and happily that he didn’t need these glasses anymore where he was, and he threw them into the drink!!!

    You might think well why was wearing glasses such a big deal to my dad? Simple. He had HORRIBLE eye site and began first wearing glasses at the age of 3! 😩. Poor dad. I still have his first little pair of glasses.

    Anyhow, I hope Dr Bill’s family get a lot of little signs from him. Those little signs are so wonderfully healing ❤️‍🩹 🥰

    Charlie I’m mailing my donation out to you tomorrow! I’ve been slammed this past week but it’s soon to be in the mail to that designated address!

    Thank you everyone for all the great classes you all have put so much effort into!!! Just wow and completely grateful to you all!!!

    May God bless and protect us all and may Dr Bill be our wonderful new squirrely intercessor!

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    1. Lovely stories of faith, Linda. Like your dad, I began wearing glasses as a toddler. 🙂 I’m grateful that we remember the souls in purgatory at this site, if even in our playful ways that lead to real prayers for them.

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        1. No glasses saved, Linda. I was also often patched up as well, because in those days it was thought patching the unaffected eye would force the muscles involved in the lazy eye to become stronger. It didn’t. At age 18 I had eye surgery to correct it. 😊

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          1. Oh my goodness!!! I’m so sorry! Nothing worse than problems with the eyes😩. I bet Your kids will have the same sort of dreams about you when Our Lord calls you home 🥰.

            Btw did you see these new locutions from Anne? I find them very beautiful


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  8. Having moved to the Northwoods of MN 3 years ago from Iowa with many friends and family still in Iowa, I pay attention to Region 7 and was saddened to see that their coordinator had passed away. What surprised me was I knew the priest in the picture, Fr. Hammer. One week prior of his father’s passing, my family, church community, and I were privileged to have Fr. Hammer as our guest priest. It was an amazing Mass! My deacon sought me out to tell me that Fr. was a fellow Iowan. I enjoyed meeting Fr. Hammer and talking “Iowa”. He is an amazing priest! What a blessing to have met him!

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    1. Awesome, Amy. Bill shared links with me of his son’s homilies. Truly, he is a gifted young man. Fr. Daniel’s prayers, words and gestures of love were beautifully consoling.

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  9. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    It’s time to Get-On with the Split so The Remnant Faithful Church can blossom!

    Why was CNN allowed to release this story?! CNN is joined at the hip to DC Uni-Party Swamp. THEY are trying to get ahead of something very nasty!

    YES! THEY want YOU Disarmed & Helpless!


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  10. Charlie I’ve been thinking of this quote of yours all day!

    “We will do what we can BECAUSE we love, trusting that whatever outcome God allows will forward the Kingdom.”

    How many times I didn’t think I could do something or endure something but yes, just as you say, because of “love,” I was able to do it!

    Just amazing

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  11. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉 PM


    Probably got Hot Tips from SanFran Nanny!

    Democrats love Doped-Up Non Producers, Illegal Aliens and EVERY Fringe “actor” in the DC Rainbow Freak Show ;-(

    … & why is the IRS, Dept. of “Education” & ….. ? Stockpiling guns-n-ammo??

    YUP! Control Media, $$$, Food, Fuel & Meds plus disarm Citizens and It’s godless Global Re-Set Nirvana. You will be Happy ….. or Disappeared.
    Large swathes of Earth are already there ;-(


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  12. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Acts 2:17 – “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’”

    SIGNS in Flordia?

    The Face of Evil!

    The International Party of Death ;-(


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  13. These are the words of St. Joseph as recorded on March 30th, 1958:

    “I am the protector of the Church and the home, as I was the protector of Christ and His Mother while I lived upon earth. Jesus and Mary desire that my pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be now honored in a special way. Let my children honor my most pure heart in a special manner on the First Wednesday of the month by reciting the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary in memory of my life with Jesus and Mary and the love I bore them, the sorrow I suffered with them. Let them receive Holy Communion in union with the love with which I received the Savior for the first time and each time I held Him in my arms.

    “Those who honor me in this way will be consoled by my presence at their death, and I myself will conduct them safely into the presence of Jesus and Mary.”

    Diary of Our Lady of America, pg. 31.
    Nihil Obstat:-Daniel Pilarczyk, S.T.D.
    Imprimatur:-+Paul F. Leibold, V.G.
    Cincinnati, Jan. 25, 1963

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    1. St.GM, I had forgotten this devotion; I shall circle the first W.s on my paper calendar to remind me. Appreciate the info.

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  14. Old News for some of us, but perhaps a confirmation for those who were unsure;

    𝑮𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝑪𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑫 𝒗𝒊𝒓𝒖𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒃: 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒂 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒕 𝑺𝒕𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒓.

    The easiest way to review the data is to click on the link immediately below the photo and play the video;

    God bless you all ….. Dave

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  15. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Yes! We need to be concerned about these Types ’cause THEY are backed by Rich-n-Powerful Principalities & Powers! ;-(

    Confusion, Lies, Chaff & Jamming is all THEY got!

    Democrat Agenda First “Clergy” …. In-Action! ;-(

    THEY are trying to figure out how to shift the blame on MAGA Hat wearing Producer Class Citizens!


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  16. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉 PM

    Just as planned!

    Apparently our DOD is on the same track ;-(

    I’m sure SanFran Nanny’s Asia/ROC Trip was scheduled loooong before Hubby’s DUI Court Date …. Right!??

    Poster “Child” for The Death Penalty!

    Perhaps Alex is Far-Out perhaps but WHY? was he denied a Jury Trial as required by the 7th Amendment!!??


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  17. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    I’m Praying that The Lord shows up soon with lots of BIG Miracles, SIGNS & Wonders that none can deny. AMEN!!

    I hope the Citizens of MI throw this Corrupt BabyKiller OUT!!

    I don’t doubt the very scary article below!

    Sri Lanka: WEF Failure In-Action!



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