A Shift in the Tide?

By Charlie Johnston Despite efforts to get the Vatican to shut it down – and then efforts to allow unlimited discussion to filibuster the idea, the American Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly last week to go forward preparing a document on Eucharistic coherence. The issue now goes to committee to be drafted for full consideration by […]

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Fire From Above

By Charlie Johnston The picture above was taken by Sheryl Collmer while I was speaking at the Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas. Is that a great photo or what? I had no idea I would have such a gorgeous view behind me – but it must have been a little divine prodding that […]

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The French Horns Sound Their Entrance

By Charlie Johnston I absolutely LOVE Tschaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Alas, I have only heard two performances of it in my life that do it real justice. Most performances completely botch the last triumphant section, making it furious and fast, focusing on the booming of the cannon. They don’t sufficiently invoke the pathos of the suffering […]

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Cherishing the Light of Rescue

Passages from the piece “I Proclaim the Rescue” – first published on April 1, 2016 By Charlie Johnston (Here’s the third in the triad of pieces which I find heartening as well as helpful for refocusing amidst chaos. Charlie’s writing amazes me in how it penetrates the heart and mind even more today than when […]

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Let Freedom Ring

A True Story shared by Beckita (As we’re revving up to take a stand for our freedoms while providing Godly stability on the streets and in public places in America, I was absolutely delighted to hear, from a dear friend, about a real life account of just such action, although, I’ve used fictitious names for […]

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My Purpose

By Charlie Johnston – First published on September 4, 2014 (As we embark on the path of discerning the role to which each one is called in this new season of activism on the streets, the wisdom of a triad of pieces which Charlie posted at TNRS deserves review.  They provide an insightful panorama of […]

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That They May Be One

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 […]

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10,000 Islands of Faith

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). […]

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