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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Our Light and Our Salvation

By Charlie Johnston In 2 Timothy 3:5, St Paul warns that a time will come when there are people who have a “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.” He urges that we all turn away and avoid such men. I am well aware that there are many who wear clerical robes who do […]

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Wisdom is its Own Justification

By Charlie Johnston Over the last few weeks several people whose counsel I value deeply have pointed out to me that these last few months I have often revisited old prophecies – and all too often with an unsavory tone of self-justification. They are right. When I made a couple of significant errors, I said […]

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The Greatest of These Is Love

St. Paul enjoins us: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) An idea of excellence has been on my heart since Charlie came down […]

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Ubi Est Mea: Rx for Misery

By Charlie Johnston All right, while I am on the road I am going to have give up on the posts that take me 15-25 hours worth of effort and, instead, just give little updates on a catch as catch can basis. My dear friend, Sr. Mary Clare, and Sr. Charista Maria, gained canonical status […]

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Lead Us In a Plain Path

By Charlie Johnston Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path. Psalm 27:11 The last four verses of my favorite Psalm, the 27th, are among the most compelling prayers I have ever read. They are a rebuke and a consolation, a weary plea and a profound statement of faith: Teach […]

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The Prayer of Doing

  By Charlie Johnston The Texas woman, Carolyn Jones, who had basic care denied her by Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital in Houston has been rescued. Texas Right-to-Life (TRTL) worked frantically to raise $50,000 to facilitate a transfer yesterday, actually raising a little over $33,000. Even as they were raising the money, they were working to […]

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