The Never-Ending Story

By Charlie Johnston As things get crazier, living prudent and calm discernment becomes more, not less important. As Abraham Lincoln said in his House Divided Speech in 1858, just over two years before the American Civil War broke out, “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then […]

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Lockdown Ruminations

By Charlie Johnston Sometimes I am glad people know so little about history. Quite frankly, it is horrifying – mostly an unending tale of brutality, cruelty and strife. Thomas Hobbes was just being frank when he said, in his Leviathan, that life is “nasty, brutish and short.” At other times, it pains me, for if people knew […]

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Proclaim the Kingdom!

By Charlie Johnston Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel I Corinthians 9:16 After the Resurrection and before the Ascension, Jesus had breakfast with His overjoyed disciples. The Lord used the occasion to ask Peter three times if he loved Him. (John 21:15-19) Jesus started by asking, “Simon, son of John, do […]

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Man and Superman

By Charlie Johnston When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Superman comic books. How cool it was to imagine having superpowers – to fly, to be super-strong, invulnerable, faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. I spent many hours devising theories on how to make human […]

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An Encrustation of Barnacles

By Charlie Johnston I believe that Pope Francis is the legitimately elected Pope. In fact, I will go further than that and say I HOPE he is the legitimately elected Pope. The great controversies in the history of the Church have been the fertile ground in which authentic doctrinal development and refinement has been accomplished. […]

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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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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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