By Charlie Johnston During the Q & A session of a presentation I was giving in the spring of 2016, someone in the southwestern crowd rose to say that she thought Donald Trump was God’s plan for America. I was not a Never Trumper, but at the time I was decidedly skeptical about the Donald. […]Read More Feed My Lambs
By Charlie Johnston Our announcement Wednesday on the site concerning Fr. Michel Rodrigue prompted Mark Mallett to contact me with a cry of foul. Beckita had talked with me several days before publishing the announcement and I concurred with her judgment. Mark copied me on a note he sent to a reader who was concerned […]Read More A Great Battle
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 […]Read More Lockdown Ruminations
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 […]Read More Proclaim the Kingdom!
I’m excited to share a wonderful sign of hope with you, Friends. At the start of this month, I attended the 2020 Encounter Conference in Toledo, Ohio where the gathered crowd spanned the generations from babies to grandparents. About 2600 predominantly Catholic attendees were joined by some brothers and sisters from other denominations while the […]Read More That They May Be One
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. […]Read More An Encrustation of Barnacles
By Charlie Johnston On Friday, California Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite dismissed six of the 15 charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, stemming from their undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood and some of its partners, committing them to trial on the nine remaining. They will be arraigned on the remaining charges on Jan. 30 […]Read More Bulletin – Pro-Life Movements
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 […]Read More L’Chaim, To Life!
By Charlie Johnston I am saddened by the trajectory of the world. Throughout my life, I have struggled to find ways of mitigating the consequences of the ever-growing disorder and malice that engulfs us. In some ways, I feel like the patriarch, Abraham, who kept pleading and bargaining with God to spare Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33). […]Read More 10,000 Islands of Faith
By Charlie Johnston In the 1880’s, deceived by a string of mild winters and lured by promises that this represented a permanent climatic change, scores of settlers came to Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas to make a go of it. Unprepared for the hard winters that struck again in 1886, most were ruined and some […]Read More We Are Not the Titans