The Changing of the Guard

By Charlie Johnston

As I write this, there have been 11 ballots for Speaker of the House – with no winner in sight. Though I think it will be settled by the weekend, I am glad this is happening.

Modern Democrats don’t care much about policy, only power. As former Congressman Dick Armey once said, the left doesn’t care what you do so long as it is mandatory. Conservatives do care about policy, more than they care about personality (as Donald Trump’s slide in conservative esteem is demonstrating). In my adult lifetime only two presidents seriously endeavored to enact their promised agenda: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. The rest treated campaign promises as, at best, sweet nothings said in the heat of passion and, at worst, what they had to say to gain their precious – power. The Congressional class is even worse. Only the 1994 charge led by Newt Gingrich tried to actually do what they blithely promised. Otherwise, it has been an ever-repeating cycle of suckering the folksies by promising conservative policy in bold terms, then joining the swamp.

(As an aside, I was very active for the last half of Gingrich’s tenure as speaker. Among Congressional aides, the joke was that if an idea was so brilliant and insightful that no one else had thought of it, it had to have come from Gingrich. And if an idea was so mind-bendingly crackpot that a sophomore knew better, it had to have come from Gingrich. He was very volatile. Depending on the day, he was either brilliant or crackpot. Whichever he was on any given day, he DID endeavor to do what he had promised, a great novelty in the Congressional class.)

In the Senate, Mitch McConnell did his dead-level best to tank conservative nominees around the country, then promptly joined with Democrats to send billions to Ukraine with no oversight and add a few trillion to the already murderously overdrawn national debt. In a perverse way, I suppose he has done what was expected of him. But the base is absolutely fed up. We saw that governing as a conservative is both good for the people and a winning strategy with Ron DeSantis changing Florida from swing state to ruby red in a single term. So, when Kevin McCarthy attempted the usual bait and switch not only did the base revolt; some 20 conservative congressmen did the same. Serious conservatives are no longer beguiled by thunderous rhetoric unaccompanied by effective action.

An establishment GOP hack once reminded me that Abraham Lincoln had been a partisan politician when he served in the leadership of the Illinois legislature. I concurred with his point, but hotly added that Lincoln had been a partisan Whig, but believed a party must stand for something. When the Whigs ceased to stand for anything in particular, Lincoln ceased to be a Whig and became the first Republican President.

I am adamant that the solution to our problems now will not come from politics. Yet I watch the signs around us, for it gives me some idea of where we are on the road to national perdition. And of course, it is something I have done professionally most of my life. Old habits die hard. But I know well that politics today is like a thermometer: it does not drive events but only describes them.

I am a conservative. I am registered as a Republican but only because it is a pool in which some conservatives can be found. None can be found in the Democrat pool (shoot, it is brutally difficult to find an actual liberal among the Dems these days – only shrieking insanity that denies the obvious). I decided a few decades ago I would no longer vote for any Democrat. As the old, honorable party was supplanted by vicious power-mongers who hated sound policy, I figured if you were willing to bear the name, you were responsible for the baggage. Now, I will not knowingly vote for a Republican squish. I am not interested in the fortunes of the Republican Party, only in the fortunes of sound policy and ordered liberty under law. Maybe the GOP establishment is starting to get a clue about how enraged conservatives are. However the Speaker’s race comes out, that is a good thing. But I still think it is largely the equivalent of playing shuffleboard on the deck of the Titanic.


Despite proving that almost half the votes counted in Maricopa County were illegally cast, that the counting was so chaotic that no chain of custody exists to show where votes came from, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake saw Judge Peter Thompson concede the evidence but rule that the arbitrary decision of state election officials will stand. With the steadfast refusal of the courts to even look at the mountain of evidence of fraud in 2020 and the Arizona court’s recognition of the overwhelming evidence of fraud in 2022 but refusal to do anything about it, Josef Stalin’s old dictum that, “It is not the people that vote who count, but the people who count the votes,” has become implicit American policy. Voting in America has become a meaningless ritual.

The ritual has its uses for the ruling class. It tends to anesthetize dissidents who argue about how to win ‘next time’ after having elections taken from them in plain sight. It is like continuing to sit at the poker table after you discover the game is rigged. If you can’t clean up the game, you either walk away or lose your shirt. I am astonished at how many conservative columnists write about how to do better ‘next time’ under the existing fraudulent framework. The house is not interested in fair play – only in fleecing you and keeping you soothed enough to stay at the table to be fleeced.

Even if elections were magically cleaned up overnight by using paper ballots, one day elections, monitors from both sides, and full chain of custody, they would still be meaningless rituals. That is because elected federal officials no longer make policy. The unaccountable permanent bureaucracy makes policy while elected legislators make money. We are deeply into the ‘bread and circuses’ stage of social collapse – with no one accountable to the once-sovereign people.

The sleek Cadillac that was once the American system of government is a fiery ruin at the bottom of a ditch. New hubcaps will not solve the problem.


Though one must look through a glass, darkly, most serious Catholics (and some non-Catholics) believe the death of Pope Benedict XVI at the close of the old year portends something profound. Orthodox convert Rod Dreher wrote an insightful piece for the American Conservative on the subject.

I have some friends who were part of the “Benedict is Pope” contingent. I did not agree with them, but respect that many are trying to maintain their footing at a time when it is difficult to know what to think. By his words and – more importantly – his actions Pope Francis has breached with the Magisterium and with almost all his predecessors. This is one of those rare historical moments when critics of the Catholic Church can credibly, if not accurately, accuse her of discontinuity. Many serious Catholics posit different scenarios to deal with the seeming discontinuity. And many of those are very good-hearted people.

For some, it is outright denial that there is a problem at all. They convince themselves that nothing Pope Francis or the Vatican is doing is out of the ordinary, much less offensive. Scripture and the Church have always taught that active homosexuality is a sin. The Church has implicitly refined the approach to that by recognizing that a person’s desires are not sinful (though they can be the near occasion of sin), only their actions. Now we have a Pope and a Vatican who, often, actively promote homosexuality. In a bow to the toxic transgender movement, some actually argue that God can get wrong the gender He assigns to each person. Pro-abortion advocates are appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life. Catholics in China are utterly betrayed to curry favor with the Communist regime, even as it cracks down harder on Christians. Even during the misguided realpolitik initiatives of St. John XXIII and St Paul VI, those popes obtained actual prerogatives for Christians behind the Iron Curtain rather than just handing the keys of the kingdom over to their communist masters. This is a form of presentism – a belief that everything our leader does is just right now even if it invalidates almost everything that came before. And if the next leader invalidates everything that this one has done, then that will be altogether right and true. That is specious nonsense. I would not be part of any church that required me to bounce off the walls like a drunk, depending on whatever the flavor of the day is. The Pope is the successor to Peter, not to Christ. He is guardian of the Magisterium, not master of it. I owe him obedience in the legitimate exercise of his legitimate authority, not the subsummation of my will and moral responsibility before God to His.

Then there are the sedevacantists, those who believe the papacy has been vacant since Pius X or Leo XIII or maybe even Peter. These are those who have gained a little knowledge and think they have a schematic, very much like the original Protestant reformers. However, their knowledge has gaping holes. They idolize the Tridentine Mass like some Protestants idolize the King James Bible (for the record, I have great regard for both) as if God handed these things down like the tablets to Moses. As much respect as I have for them both, I am fully aware that both were worthy innovations some 500 years ago. I wonder sometimes if radical traditionalists were somehow transported whole to the 16th Century how they would behave. Would they rail against the innovation of the Tridentine Mass which, in this century, they love? Where would they fall in the various anti-pope crises that have occasionally roiled the Church? I consider the sedevacantists to merely be the “I want” crowd.

Then there are those who give themselves over to ersatz history, forcing inconvenient facts to fit their various theories. In most of them, freemasons are somehow the villain. (Freemasonry originally was profoundly anti-Catholic – and largely still is in Eastern Europe and Asia particularly – but it has degenerated into a handy all-purpose villain for overheated Catholic conspiracists, sort of like the role Moriarty plays for Sherlock Holmes).

The pragmatic presentists know something is seriously wrong but fear that noticing it might make things worse. Rather than speak candidly they keep their mouths shut and endorse the status quo, kind of like establishment Republicans. I have no little sympathy for this group for it is certainly true that much damage can be done by shooting your mouth off indiscriminately. Diplomacy has a noble purpose that, sadly, taken to extremes, can lead to ignoble ends. The struggle over what to speak, what to retain, how to speak it and when to speak it is a very real one that serious people must always grapple with if they actually want to improve things rather than just make a point.

I have just touched on a few major pathologies roiling serious Catholics these days. In the last month I have been contacted by two theologians seeking my counsel on how many serious Catholics are likely to know certain facts they intended to include in articles they were preparing. They asked to get an idea of how deeply they needed to explain these facts before getting into their main thesis. As you have probably already guessed, Desmond Birch was one of them – and that was a blessing to me. He and I are close enough that I could be very blunt. He was horrified when I suggested only 5% would know…to which I added that if he took a survey, probably only 10% of Priests would know. My take was that we have a lot of very serious, very intelligent Catholics, but that we suffer a very serious knowledge problem. Knowledge is the raw material, the food for the machine. Intelligence is the processor by which we make sense of and organize these raw facts (knowledge) into coherent patterns. Our serious Catholics want to know more, but generally are running on fumes – and the best processors will get bad or no results when they have a serious deficit of fuel. I began to list off prominent Catholic writers to him and asked how astute he thought they are these days. It sobered him. We did come up with a short list of prominent Catholic writers whose knowledge and intelligence is steadfast, but the small size of that list compared with the one of writers who have gone down very big rabbit holes spoke to the problem.

Almost all of this is driven by fear AND by a failure of faith. Many serious Catholics are fearful that the gates of hell actually CAN stand against the Church Christ founded and that there is a danger the Church is going to be destroyed, so they mount plans of their own devising to preserve what Christ said He would preserve. They truly are making the deadly mistake of Job’s pious friends, seeking to defend the God of their own imagination rather than enquire after the reality of God. I have always insisted that truth will stand the test of examination, and so I examine and ruthlessly attack my own propositions, boiling it all down until I get to first things.

In ages of great crisis, great saints have often been on opposite sides of the same issue.  Obviously, that did not detract from their sanctity. In fact, often times it may have contributed with a sort of dynamic tension that brought us to the truth more expeditiously. A fellow once suggested to me that the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10 teaches that we should be like Mary, not Martha. I drily noted to him that both are saints. What is critical is to bring good heart, good will, and (as Job teaches) a healthy respect for reality. If you do this, God will correct your errors and even draw fruit from them. If you stake a position and hunker down, regardless of what facts and evidence show, you will founder.

All that being said, I do think the death of Pope Benedict XVI constitutes a Rubicon moment. For the first three years of his papacy I was an ardent defender of Pope Francis, in spite of his often clumsy and ambiguous announcements. I started re-assessing that during his trip to Cuba and  then Philadelphia in the fall of 2015. I was appalled that he ignored people who were truly suffering under the Cuban regime right in front of him while making gauzy, pious-sounding proclamations. In Philadelphia, his arrival in a Fiat upset me with its ostentatious humility. I have had to work with top-level officials at times. To arrive that way in order to show his humility actually dramatically increased the risk of his security detail. Thank God, nothing happened, but no photo op is worth needlessly endangering the lives of those assigned protect you. I took a much more jaundiced view after those two episodes.

It did not escape me that, increasingly, Pope Francis’ actions always supported heterodox takes on Scripture and the Magisterium and heterodox prelates even when his words sounded soothing. I was flat-out baffled when he described opponents of loosening the rules on the integrity of marriage and the family as “Pharisees.” It made me wonder if he even knew the Gospels. After all, it was the Pharisees who wanted loose rules on marriage (his position) and Jesus who insisted on rigorous rules (his critics’ position). Even so, whatever the ultramontanists might think, we have had more than a few unworthy popes in the past – and the Church has weathered all storms, so I largely stayed away from the controversies, figuring God has His reasons and they will be apparent in His time.

It was in the fall of 2019 that Pope Francis completely lost me. When he accepted the earthen offering to a pagan goddess on the altar of Christ at Mass, I was shaken – and downright horrified when, two days later, he said he knew exactly what it was and thought it proper that it should be there. I considered it to be the abomination which makes desolate, spoken of in Daniel and in the Gospels – and a fundamental breach with the historical continuity of the faith. Even so, I did not shout about it, mostly avoiding the subject. I was soothed by the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict. My private thought was that, to use Rod Dreher’s felicitous phrase, Francis exercised the administrative and legal authority of the Pope, while Benedict maintained the spiritual connection in eternity. Now that the latter connection has been severed, I think everything must come to a head rather quickly. That the connection was severed as prelude to what I already believed would be a pivotal year in salvation history was very striking.

What most strikes me is that the prelates who actively try to undermine the faith and the historical continuity of the Magisterium constitute a very small minority. It is the same with those who, governmentally, work to undermine the American system and the Christian ethos of Western Civilization, itself. Alexis de Tocqueville showed how carefully the founders had protected America from the tyranny of the majority. Who will protect us from the growing tyranny of the minority when they seize the levers of temporal power?

Much that is good has been passing away over the last decade or so. I consider it the time when the cancer that had been long eating away at the world and the hierarchy began to metastasize. Frightful things are in our future as the passing away of the old completes itself. What will remain is the Church, purified and renewed, and the heart of all those who have held fast to eternal truths even under siege. Do not be paralyzed by the passing of the old. Nor be deceived by all who proclaim that Christ is here or Christ is there if you only do exactly what they tell you. Christ is close to you, right at hand. Take that next right step, calling on Him, and you will be counted among the hands who participated with God in renewing the faith and the face of the world. Be not afraid, for God calls all men to salvation. Follow Him with each step.


I will speak next Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time at JoJo’s Coffee and Goodness, 4652 E Hwy. 20 #102, Niceville, Florida 32578. If you are in the area, I hope to see you there. I will expand on weathering the storm while keeping the faith; living obedience, fortitude and courage as the wind and waves rise up.


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54 thoughts on “The Changing of the Guard

  1. Charlie, your characterization of today’s politics was brilliant:
    ” The unaccountable permanent bureaucracy makes policy while elected legislators make money. We are deeply into the ‘bread and circuses’ stage of social collapse – with no one accountable to the once-sovereign people.”

    Unfortunately, proposals for Congressional term limits sound healthy, but in truth it takes experience to learn the game and its rules in WDC, so if voted officials had only a term or two to work at policy or anything else, the resident bureaucrats would not simply steer the legislative process, they would own it completely, while the elected politicians fronted as their puppets.

    And to make matters worse, our youth are now fully indoctrinated in two deadly motivations.

    First, as that awful Army recruiting ad asserted, each youngster is an Army of one, self-centered, mainly uninterested in the country’s political life, except to get their easy share of handouts.

    Second, they are trained to be woke, and are; they are typically ignorant about the idea of personally striving to achieve value for society, about the virtues of individual initiative, about the benefits of risk capital and hard work, and have been successfully indoctrinated in Socialism by teachers, preschool through graduate school, who benefit from government largess; the teachers unions support the Democrats, who in turn support teachers now practicing the woke principle of “equity” and divisive Critical Race Theory.

    Where does this all end? Well, I personally hope it ends in Heaven, for the country is going to Hell.

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    1. Jack; Regarding term limits, you’re saying with the way things are now resident bureaucrats do NOT steer the legislative process and elected politicians are NOT fronted as their puppets? Um… 🤔

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      1. Chris, Thanks for raising this issue, as it does often follow from my denying any true value of proposed term limits.

        As Charlie said, the resident bureaucrats play too large of a role in legislation. What I am pointing out is that this situation would only get ultimately worse by having novices only in the Congress. Take McCarthy (I don’t want him), while he is a distasteful RINO, as was his R predecessor Ryan, he knows the game and may play it to the advantage of the Rs (too bad too often for the Establishment Rs, just as does the dishonorable McConnell).

        Having managed intelligent professionals from my time as a professor, to scientist, to fed gov exec, I learned that you simply have to make the best out of what you have for staff and what is practically feasible to accomplish.

        Wish for the stars, but put bread on the dinner table first.

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  2. Thank-you, Charlie. Much of what you say resonates with me. Sometimes I find myself still supporting him although our Pope Francis says one thing and does another. Makes the boat rock violently. 🤢 Still, that idol was and still is an abomination and that is a fact. Heaven help us!
    Benedict XVI said that the Church would shrink and become very small. If you count the number of faithful Catholics, seems like we are already there.
    Has anyone seen the YouTube video of Fr. Chad Ripperger at St. Mary’s of Pine Bluff from last night?

    Very interesting. He seems to say that the time for God’s intervention is near. 🤷🏼‍♀️ And yet he says it will take up to 15 years to clean things up.
    Thank-you Charlie. God bless you and keep you safe.
    Katey in OR

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    1. Myownbackyard2017 aka Katey in or thank you for the Fr chad Ripperger piece! I’m a member of Auxillium Christianorum and LOVE Fr Ripperger!!! I’m going to turn it on right away🙏🥰⛪️😘😇

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  3. Such a heavy, momentous time. Rod Dreher’s piece IS insightful… and intriguing. Looking forward to Archbishop Gänswein’s book as well.

    The likes of figures such as Soros and Obama seem to be the visible puppets, acting out the totally evil plans of their puppeteers who seem to yet remain in the shadows and who have gone all in for the enemy’s plans while having bought his lies that you CAN own the world, control people and find fulfillment in power.

    And I await God’s interventions to come, at His ordained times and in those ways that mere humans cannot accomplish.

    So grateful for the Little Way as it is refreshing and heartening, filled with hope and promise, even in the heat of this time.

    Charlie, thank you so much for all the many lessons and counsel given over these last eight years. I appreciate that you have the heart of a shepherd. ♥️🕊⚜️

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    1. Since you mentioned “these last eight years,” Beckita, I was thinking of commenting on Charlie’s previous post but didn’t get to it. I will now.

      Those of us who have followed Charlie’s blogs and are not “prophesy chasers” have been in a solid formation process on TNRS and ASOH, etc., for eight or so years.

      This reminds me of a talk that a Catholic Deacon in a neighboring diocese of California gave every year to the RCIA at my parish. (I went through the RCIA a few years earlier than Charlie did and then served on the RCIA team for about 10 years.)

      Deacon B’s other job was as a long-time professor of history at a private university, so he had a knack for observing historical patterns. Here is the basic theme of his memorable talk ~ a wonderful insight on the pattern of salvation history, which applies equally to our own smaller communities and personal histories:

      R ~ Revelation: God takes the initiative and REVEALS himself to a person

      I ~ God INVITES the person to do something

      R ~ God waits for a RESPONSE: yes or no

      G ~ God GATHERS the people he has invited who say “yes”

      F ~ God continues to FORM those gathered together

      So, here we all are, at this hour in salvation history.

      God bless, guide, and protect us all ~
      Sister Bear

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      1. I love this, Sr. Bear. And I 100% agree with: We “have been in a solid formation process on TNRS and ASOH, etc., for eight or so years.” (emphasis my own 🙂 )

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  4. Thank you, yet again, Charlie. Truly we are in interesting times! Praying for everyone here and for God’s grace in our lives!

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  5. Today our pastor had a memorial mass for dear Pope Benedict. I was so pleased to see that he truly wanted to honor his memory and to help us understand how much he truly gave to the church. I have heard many criticize his resignation and question the reasons for it. I ran across this prayer last summer, I don’t even remember where, but as I read it I couldn’t help but feel some sense of understanding and I have been praying it every day for him. I truly hope he is at peace with his friend. That is what he called Jesus, “his friend”. He said this prayer at Fatima in 2010 and I think it speaks of his mind and heart at the time.
    “Our Mother for all time, do not tire of “visiting us, consoling us, sustaining us. Come to our aid and deliver us from every danger that threatens us. With this act of entrustment and consecration we wish to welcome you more deeply, more radically, forever and totally into our lives. Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth in the desert of our loneliness, let it cause the sun to shine on our darkness, let it restore calm after the tempest, so that all mankind shall see the salvation of the Lord, who has the name and face of Jesus, who is reflected in our hearts, forever united to yours, Amen.
    I believe he was speaking for himself and for all of us.

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    1. Thank you, Mom, for sharing your thoughts and this prayer! I, too, believe that Pope Benedict was doing what he believed God wanted him to do. May he rest in the peace of Almighty God.

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  6. Yes, Pope Francis from the very beginning showed an ostentatious humility when he moved to the Martha’s Hotel keeping the predecessors’ Vatican chambers vacant, yet occupying pointlessly the space at that hotel. He then ostentatiously didn’t let the faithful kiss his papal ring as if he was to be kissed as a private guy not as a successor of St. Peter…

    What do we mean by conservative Catholics? There are faithful ( smeared as “conservative” ) Catholics ( upholding Catholic teaching as included in the Catechism of The Catholic Church – thank you St. John Paul 2 for this guide! ) or not faithful Catholics.

    How can Pope Francis think that by not condemning homosexuality, not fighting genocide in abortion, by nominating anti conservative (anti Catholic) cardinals, promoting WEF agenda, how can he think he reaches out to the world and is drawing it to Jesus?

    What shocked me recently, is this story.

    Like with this girl who was raised by the dogs for six years – she behaved like a dog. That got me into thinking in respect to raising our children. We cannot assume that kids will figure it out themselves how to be God loving kids in the sea of anti God culture. ( Here is a deceptive atheist claim: let children decide for themselves whether to be baptized when they are grown ups! ). We need to point out and highlight any anti God aspect of the current culture to our kids. Prepare them before they are dog fed at anti God schools and at further surroundings.

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  7. “If you can’t clean up the game, you either walk away or lose your shirt.”. Ha Charlie, that is a perfect summary of the take the next right step!

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  8. I cannot tell you how many Catholics I know and have met who think that Pope Benedict acted as the governor on the engine of the current papacy of Francis. Many, including myself, have expressed the sense that, with the death of Pope Benedict, the wheels are about to come off. I hope that we are all wrong while, at the same time, praying for the grace to withstand any coming storm. God’s will be done.

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  9. I found this meditation to be quite interesting

    God is Love
    by Anne, ARK
    Suffering with Love
    When the Lord suffered Calvary, he suffered or experienced near-total rejection. This was his experience of it in his humanity, even though we know not all mankind rejects Christ. Did this cause him to return rejection or abandon his love for us? No. On the contrary, in the acceptance of those who rejected him, Jesus set an example of heavenly and unconditional love. Jesus’ acceptance of the rejection of others in no way diminished his craving for the love of humanity. He craved love in both his humanity and his divinity until the moment of his death. He continues to crave our love and safety.
    The more we possess Christ, the more we recognize Christ and love him in others.
    This pain of separation extends at times to others who also possess Christ. In other words, those who have grown to love Christ identify him in others. They respond to his presence in others, even though they may not know what it is they are drawn to or what it is they are craving. How terribly confusing at times, but how wonderfully exciting that we can have this heavenly experience to any degree at all while remaining in our humanity. This is truly another foretaste of Heaven.

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    1. Linda, did you get that book? I got it, started reading and thought I must get copies to my kids for Christmas. Which I quickly did, before I could talk myself out of it!

      They poked mercilous fun at me calling it “Mom’s Book Club,” aaargh. All in good fun. I’m hopeful they will at least give it a try. I caught a few cracking the cover. 😀

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      1. Hi Littlelight!!! Ha! No I didn’t get that book yet, I’ve just been reading and sharing the daily messages via email!! I get so much out of her messages and Jesus Mary and holy Saints! Funny you mention annual Christmas 🤶 book club because I usually do that myself each year and the kids Always lovingly tease me that they’ll get back to me with a book report 😂😂😂. I’m sure they never read them but I’m sure God is pleased with our Attempt nonetheless😂. I’m babysitting 👩🏻‍🍼 so much these days it’s a miracle we pulled off Christmas dinner and a Christmas tree 🎄 😂😂😂. Merry Christmas Littlelight!!! You are awesome 👏 😘🤶👼

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        1. The book is another DFOT gem, Linda and Littlelight. I have ordered each book and booklet as they were each first released and have not been disappointed with the meditation springboard that these works provide. Mom’s Book Club has a nice ring to it. 🙂 And, Linda, you never know when one of your kids may pick up one of your books and let you know how surprised they were at its contents. 🙂

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          1. Thanks for sharing all this Beckita 🥰🥰🥰 I’m going to order them ASAP!!!! Ha!!! Beckita you are correct about “you never know when…” I actually never thought about that but it’s true, you never know when Gods grace will prompt a desire to open it up 🥰 📚 what a beautiful and fun meditation that is🥰😂🙏😘🤶👼🎄. I actually thought about Fr armorths book to give out but maybe I’ll give them a copy of the movie next year 😂😂😂. An exorcist tells his story. Lol. Just joshing 😂😂😂. Although I did send Fr Rippergers talk to my one son who said he would listen….lol

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          2. I have a small bookshelf next to the toilet. Anne’s books, Matthew Kelly’s books, St Francis de Sales, etc. Small books. And I have lots of guests. It is amazing how many of these come to speak of the book they were reading. I often pass these on and replace them at the next book sale at church. I call it planting seeds.

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  10. This is interesting. Pope Benedict XVI passed away on the eve of the new year and the eve of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, passed away on the eve of the Divine Mercy Sunday.

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  11. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉


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  12. Good points, Jack but I’m thinking about the permanent D.C. fixtures like my own Charles Grassley who has been there nearly my entire adult life…and I’m 64! Btw, when I say ‘my own’ I don’t claim any allegiance to that guy. He has disgusted me way too many times. 👎

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  13. Fr Ripperger was on Fr Heilman grace force – yesterday it aired, and Fr spoke a lot about now Blessed Elena Aiello. She became blessed because of Pope Benedict – you’ll see at the bottom of this link. I find her prophecies so appra po to our times! Desmond also touches upon her in TTT!

    So interesting and yet terrifying all at once🙏🙏🙏

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  14. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    There is something Very EVIL going on in DC, Hollywood & ?????.
    Remember PizzaGate of 10/12 years ago? The Hollywood Actor who spoke of Pedo Culture there? Epstein’s Pedo Island & Pedo DC Whispers? Every time the Subject comes up The Usual DC/Media Suspects claim Fake News and trash the Whistle Blowers …. &, No Doubt, Pay-Off/Intimidate Victims.
    …… and it ain’t just secular perverts …….. SIGNS!!!

    Only Blood Spilt on 6 Jan was Ashli’s gunned down by an incompetent, BLM Fan & Trigger Happy Cop!
    ……. Oh! Let US not forget Roseanne and her death/coverup!


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  15. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    …….. & Tucker Carlson and any number of other TRUTH TELLERS!

    Nothing to see here! … Move Along!!!


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  16. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! …;-) PM

    Nothing to see here! …. Move Along!!!
    …… Davos is where the real Satanic Gathering is ;-(

    I’m a Grumpy Ol’ Man but I think that modern times, especially These Days, has taken much of the adventure & wonder out of Globe Trotting. With videos, internet, I-Phones and all the Travel Shows of today …. plus Global Unpleasantness …… ;-(

    For years the West has been in a state of drought Have Blue State THEY done anything about building/enlarging reservoirs or building Dams to take advantage of these uncommon Wet WX Events …. NO! …. Quite the opposite. The $$$$ that CA has frittered away on The Train to Nowhere could have …… ;-(


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  17. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    RIP Cdl Pell …. I PRAY there is a SERIOUS INVESTIGATION into your Death!
    Another …. Man Who Knew Too Much!?

    I’ve known since early teenage what a Drag Queen was but What’s the Deal with the recent explosion of Drag Queen Shows in general and those aimed at children in particular!!?? Of Course I know the answer: Satanic Ops ;-( …… and Democrats think it’s Fine and Dandy! If Ya disagree YOU are an awful HomoPhobe & Bigot! ….. Below Arkansas is acting to protect Children:
    …. … Get a Load of the LeftWing Rag “Arkansas Times” Democrat Party Mouth Organ BS Talking Points & claims that Republicans are Perverts too.
    THEY give away this Rag ’cause even THEIR dwindling Reader Base won’t pay for it:


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    1. I just finished reading the following article on The American Conservative.
      Though I had to read certain passages several times to get the gist,(I’m not too brainy) I am compelled to think that this short article has given me answers to some of my questions. And concrete direction for the next right step, as if I did not know it before.
      Pray hope and don’t worry. ; )

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      1. Just as his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II, has done, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged a man of evil as the Antichrist. Perhaps more accurate is to say the “spirit of Antichrist” is a mega force in the world today. And as Charlie’s friend Desmond Birch has written about the Antichrist to come at the very end of time, we must take care to speak more precisely about the spirit of antichrist causing havoc in our world at this time. This is an important distinction lest we confuse the reality that what we’re living is not the end of time as we know it. Instead, we are making our way through this Storm as we journey to the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart with its era of Peace yet to come.

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        1. Forgive me, Beckita, for not being more specific in my take aways from that article. Like I said, I’m not too brainy. There were two. The first was what I thought to be the humility of Vladimir Palko. Pope Emeritus Benedict was an amazing man of God. I can’t even imagine what I might have felt after receiving a letter from him for anything much less finding out that he read something that I had written! Honestly! Just the fact that our parish priest knows my name humbles me! But, I need much more humility, meekness, and much more self acknowledgement that I know nothing. Certainly I do know that we are in times of trouble. Humbly, I ask the Father to let me know what to do next a LOT MORE than I did before.

          The second is, “that one must examine one’s motives and humbly start from oneself, not immediately think of one’s neighbor as the culprit.” What thought came to me after reading this was a bit odd. That I must examine within myself what I am willing to do instead of relying upon my neighbor to do it for me. Yep, could only have been a whisper to remind me that I have job to do. I’ve been dragging my feet. He did indeed create us for this time. This now.
          My next right step? Im going to re-read Jesus of Nazareth instead of playing Junes Journey before I go to bed. Then, Im gonna pay attention and see what happens. God Bless all here.


  18. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! …;-) PM

    To give THEM more excuses and time for The Great Global Cover-Up!?
    …. of the below in Today’s Headlines:
    “Teen girl drops dead while playing at local park…”
    “Ohio student dies of heart attack at 17…”
    “Air Force football player dies ‘suddenly’ while walking to class…”
    … Adult Sudden Death Syndrome, Unexplained Deaths …. New Normal ;-(
    …. HullyGee!
    Can the DC Swamp Alphabet Agencies/Democrats obsession with Diversity, Inclusion and ALL Things “WOKE” Policies have something to do with MUCH of the manifest incompetence, scandal and worse we have seen unfold in the past two years in particular?
    Just how many Good Guys/Gals have THEY purged from DOD, DOJ, DHS, DOT, DOS, ……. and replaced with a Freak Clown Show!? ;-(

    I’m sure most here have heard of the Social Security “Trust” Fund but do you remember that there is also Aviation & HiWay “Trust Funds”? ….. ALL of these “Trust Funds” have been, over the decades” tapped for any number of “other causes” that US Taxpayers did NOT authorize with our “Contributions” to the “Trust Funds”!!! … UniParty USA In-Action ;-(
    …. is Powell/FED opposed to the entire ESG Agenda that G. Beck has warned US about?

    Goodness Gracious!
    Is wall being built to keep out Terrorists? …… or DOJ/FBI & State/Local LEOs looking for Classified Documents, Kiddie Porn, Hunter and/or PLA Chinamen? …. or Producer Class Citizens with Pitchforks?


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  19. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Yep! A Man Who Knew Too Much!

    Sadly ;-( Any GOOD Bills will not get passed in Senate &/or be Voteoed by PuppetPrez!

    I’m convinced that the Collapse of The USA is a planned Event


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