The Season Begins

By Charlie Johnston “Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this son of York” -Richard III, William Shakespeare This Advent Season is pregnant both with expectation of the birth of Christ and with the fearful expectation of great dysfunctions to come. In almost every major area, we have had greater and […]

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The Pivot of Civilization

(I am nearing the end of my western tour of the U.S. There is a host of work to be done when I get home – both in significant projects and with this site. I think we have crossed the border into deadly territory, both spiritually and temporally. In global affairs, Church controversies, political scrums […]

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Leaving the Shire

By Charlie Johnston Things are speeding up yet again. The runaway train our culture, politics and formal religion has become shows no sign of applying the brakes in time to avoid a crash. If it is now unlikely that anyone driving this dysfunctional train can get things back under stable control, panic can cause those […]

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My Hierarchy of First Things

By Charlie Johnston Everyone knows that we have entered uncharted waters that are very choppy – both in the Church and in the world. My whole life has been a journey through choppy, uncharted waters. The choices I made led me to the Catholic Church, animated by an unshakeable faith in the existence and providence […]

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Les Jeux Sont Faits

By Charlie Johnston The title to this piece is a shout-out to our French readers. It means the same thing as the English idiom, “The die is cast,” though I think the literal translation of the French provides a more vivid and clear picture than the English idiom. Literally, the French idiom says “The bets […]

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L’Chaim, To Life!

By Charlie Johnston Orangevale, California – When I was in my 20’s, while visiting family in Alabama, I spent an afternoon with a distant cousin (almost every time I am there, I discover relatives I have never previously heard of). He had one of the weirdest things I have ever seen: a glass gallon jar […]

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The Road to Perdition

(I published this piece in the summer under the title of “Fireworks in Our Future.” It seems very appropriate to me now. I am in the midst of a very busy period of my journey – just left Los Angeles, heading for San Francisco and Sacramento. I expect to be in court this week for […]

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We Hardly Knew Ye

By Charlie Johnston Out in Los Angeles, I visited the grave of the late Monsignor William Stetson at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. He was always Fr. Bill to me – and to countless others. He was my original spiritual director, the first person I ever told fully about my peculiar situation. He was a premier […]

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A Change of Venue

I will have a piece up later tonight, but in the meantime, Los Angeles area readers need to know that the venue for tomorrow’s talk has changed. The talk will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific time. We will be at: Grace Lutheran Church 4427 Overland Ave. Culver City, California 90230 If you are in the […]

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