To Magnify the Lord

By Charlie Johnston Thursday was the Feast Day of the Visitation. It was on this occasion that Mary spoke the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is my favorite prayer. It resonates in the depths of my heart. In most translations, it begins, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…” In a […]

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The Foundation of Authority

(While I am going to clear Desmond Birch’s scholarly response on St. Ambrose when he has finished it, this discussion on the validity or lack thereof of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s resignation and Pope Francis’ Papacy is now finished. I know it is earlier than I originally said, but it is clear to me that most […]

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A Terrible Resolve

(A few housekeeping notes: 1) Of late, some commenters have adopted excessively salty language, which we frown on here. I have instructed moderators either to not clear such comments or, if the comment has compelling value, to edit out excessive saltiness before clearing it. 2) I was stunned to discover on Facebook that I have […]

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Counsel for the New Year

By Charlie Johnston Throughout the world, we are not what we once were. Whatever we will be after the existential agonies of these times have past, it will be something new. Whether sublimely good or horribly bad, it will not be what we have ever been before. There are a host of perils that face […]

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Then War Broke Out in Heaven

By Charlie Johnston Last Sunday was a very important anniversary – the first of the great Revelation 12 event of a year ago, the event I count as the beginning of Rescue. Fr. Richard Heilman wrote a magnificent piece on the subject a few days before it arrived. Thirteen days after this great sign appeared […]

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Is It Just? – Short Takes

By Charlie Johnston I speak occasionally about “first principles,” those fundamental principles which, if you get solidly embedded in your mind, will guide you effectively in just about any circumstance. A corollary in examining an issue would be “first questions,” those questions that get to the heart of a matter with direct simplicity. One of […]

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