Inviting Fire From Heaven

By Charlie Johnston Today, on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pope Francis has dramatically restricted celebration of the Latin Mass. So, now it is right and proper to have an offering to a pagan goddess on the altar of Christ (Pachamama) but the celebration of the venerable form of Mass promulgated […]

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A Gentle Ray of Grace

By Charlie Johnston After all the hubbub from my last column, I was delighted to see a marvelous meditation by Fr. James Altman posted on the U.S. Grace Force website yesterday. It is insightful, it is bold, it is courageous, and it is charitable. This is the Fr. Altman who gave me heart for the […]

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Tools of the Trade

By Charlie Johnston When I first took over as managing editor of a group of suburban newspapers, I had utter contempt for the way most newspapers make their mistakes loud and long – but banish their corrections to small print on page 32. I vowed that, when we made mistakes, our corrections would be at […]

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Waiting for the Other Shoe…

By Charlie Johnston It was a busy Memorial Day Weekend. May 30 is the Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc, but since it fell on a Sunday, was superceded by the Feast Day of the Holy Trinity. So, in America, we had a trinity of special celebrations this last weekend – Memorial Day, honoring […]

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Fractured Expectations

By Charlie Johnston (This piece originally appeared on December 4, 2017 at The Next Right Step. It is moderately edited for content here, but I thought its themes are important in these times. I used to get frustrated that people were so certain that they knew what was going to happen that I feared many […]

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Letter to a Friend

By Charlie Johnston I drove from west central Illinois today up to the Chicago area. It was pleasantly nostalgic to be driving roads I had driven hundreds of times before. I passed by places where we had had picnics and gatherings in my political days – and a memorable debate site. Passed through Galesburg, where […]

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Through a Glass Darkly

By Charlie Johnston (I have been very enthusiastic about my visits and talks this year. People are focused, serious, and ready to get active. Some have wondered why I seem so generally enthusiastic about the way the country is going. Quite bluntly, I am astonished at how rapidly and determinedly the pagan left is destroying […]

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The American Iron Curtain

By Charlie Johnston A quarter of a century ago, fearful of my capacity to confront the challenges I saw on the distant horizon, I resolved to work to banish sin from my life. When I told my original spiritual director, the one I call Towering Intellect, he looked at me in absolute exasperation. “I thought […]

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