jesus-teachingI have written before that the Lord has told me that all faithful Jews and Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, are to be treated as full partners in the work ahead of us. There are no junior partners among the authentic children of Abraham. God, Himself, will take care of unity. It will be one of the greatest fruits of the Storm.

Contemplating that, I have come to see that the fundamental divisions in the faith are not what they appear to be on the surface or what they are portrayed to be in popular culture. The fundamental division is between those who believe that God is really God and those who believe Him to be a powerfully useful myth. If you believe God is really God, then what He says matters. Believers may argue in their interpretation of God’s word, but they agree that what He says matters…is, in fact, binding. Those who believe Him to be a powerfully useful myth merely believe that what THEY can impute to Him matters in their quest for temporal power and influence. Thus you see large swaths of what used to be Mainline Protestantism and American Jews trying primarily to baptize left-wing nostrums rather than obey even the unambiguous commands of God. Episcopalians, Presbyterians and other Mainliners most vigorously teach that even though all the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles unanimously condemn active homosexuality as a sin, God really approves it and thinks it a marvelous affirmation of love. They also teach vigorously that executing infants in utero – though something regarded with stark horror throughout the Old and New Testaments, is really what God wants. This, of course, is utterly bonkers. It is baffling to any who take their faith seriously. You have a right to advocate for gay “marriage” or abortion in a free society, but why try to even maintain a connection with a religion that condemns both unambiguously, much less torture its Scriptures to pretend they say what they don’t in an effort to recruit it to your ideological preferences? This is baffling unless you accept that some who have devoted their lives to a denomination do not do so out of a sincere belief in God, but because they believe it to be a useful path to power and privilege. They have their reward.

And for my dear fellow Catholics, don’t think we are off the hook. Is there any abortion advocate so extreme, even to the point of open infanticide, that Notre Dame University would not eagerly offer him an honorary degree to keynote a commencement if he were a sufficiently prominent Democratic politician? Is there any Catholic orthodox enough or charitable enough that the same University would approve his request to speak to the campus pro-life club with anything other than grudging disdain if he were a Republican? Shoot, Notre Dame has been public with its disdain for recent popes. They have their reward.

A great work now looms before us. We are called to endure, to lift each other up, to bind up the wounds of those injured during the Storm and to be a sign of hope to those around us. Many speak to me of loved ones who have left the faith – and many worry that their loved ones are not of the denomination they are. It is natural to worry…but God has a plan for all. I invite all to contemplate the brief parable Jesus tells in Matthew 21:28-30. It is about two sons whose father commanded to go work in a vineyard. The first said he would, but snuck away. The second said he would not, but regretted it and went anyway. Jesus pointedly asked His listeners which son did the will of the father.

Look to the work. When you see one who helps others endure, who lifts up his neighbors, who binds up the wounds of the injured and acts as a sign of hope to all around him, know that he is one who does the Father’s will…whatever he professes otherwise. And he who constantly tries to outsmart his neighbor, who tears others down with malice, who ignores others wounds and is a constant sign of contention to those around, does not do the Father’s will, regardless of how pious his pronouncements. Let us all be dutiful sons and daughters, embracing whoever does the same as brother or sister. Proclaim your faith with clarity and vigor, but do not waste time disputing with another who proclaims differently while still doing the work we are all called to.

When the power of the Storm is broken and we are rescued, it is not those who proclaimed the Word most boldly who will be most favored by God, but those who lived it.

(Please make sure to read the comment by John McFarm below. That is the handle for someone I completely admire, who lives his faith as well as anyone I have ever known, and a man whose counsel I value highly. His comment indicates I may misunderstand something that is going on within the demographic cohort known as Mainline Protestantism – or may have phrased something clumsily enough here to be offensive to very faithful Protestants such as he is. Of course, I have great regard for Evangelical Protestants – and the Missionary Baptist denomination from which he comes is, I think, from the Evangelical line. He is completely given to serving the Lord and serving those around him and his comments should be given the weight his character has earned).




About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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23 Responses to Unity

  1. Jennifer says:

    I treasure this writing. Thank you Charlie. I am a Catholic married to a beautiful Protestant soul, and everything you said echoes and affirms my own life calling and deepest intuition. You have blessed my day!


  2. Jim M. says:

    And we are indedd close. We are told the hour us not known, but to watch for the signs. When reading those sections in the Gospels, we can be lulled into reading mere words. But having eyes that don’t see snd ears that don’t hear.

    And in fairness, much of what is written appears abstract; a thought with no reference point. But those words are often sealed until the time fir understanding is ripe.

    And so tonight, we come to Luke 21:20, where Jesus tells the Apostles the signs if the last days, and here, more specifically when we will know the time is upon us:

    “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed about with an army; then know that the desolation thereof is at hand.”

    Israel, and specifically Jerusalem, is on the cusp of a great conflict. A conflict that will see attacks from all sides. It has begun.

    And when those pieces settle into place, we know that the die has been cast, and the desolation is here.


  3. Matthew says:

    I see the point but also admit to struggling with this. For it seems that to say this is to say that the Truth does not matter. As long is there is orthopraxy, orthodoxy is unimportant. I am not sure of the resolution of this. Historical Catholicism has tended to see orthodoxy as a necessary precursor to orthopraxy. I guess I can see my way clear to talking about individual cases, individual people. So for example there maybe individual Protestants who have found their way to the teaching that contraception is always wrong but there is no Protestant organization that teaches this truth.

    PS: New to your blog. Came over from Mark Mallett’s blog. Despite my disagreement on the Medj post above, I want to thank you for what you write. It has offered me challenge and encouragement.
    Oremus pro invicem!


    • charliej373 says:

      Thanks for joining us here, Matthew. I think perhaps something important in what I have been told is that God will see to the unity, Himself. Right now, we are to devote ourselves to the work ahead. I encourage people to boldly proclaim their faith but not, at this point, to let doctrinal disputes divide. Actually, I think God used a great evil to help teach us how to work together. Abortion is one of the most hideous evils imaginable. When I was little, Evangelicals used to call the Catholic Church the whore of Babylon. After decades of working arm in arm to oppose the atrocity, Evangelicals and Catholics do not see eye to eye doctrinally – but do see each other as brothers in Christ. That is one of those cases where God has drawn fruit even from the evil that men do. We have an even greater battle upon us now – and an even greater need for solidarity. I appreciate you being here. I am sure you will add some great insights to the issues you comment on.


    • Stephen Maresch says:

      I can only say “if Satan cast out Satan how can his Kingdom stand” If Medjigore is of Satan then he has been busy doing Gods work.


      • Matthew says:

        The problem is neither of us can see the end game. We would, I expect, both agree that God can bring good from evil. Thus even if Medj is from the evil one God can still bring good out of it. But I am sure that satan (lower-case S intentional) is willing to risk some souls saved if in the process he can convince a larger group to doubt the judgment of the Church.


        • Stephen Maresch says:


          If you cannot use Paul’s measurement of looking at the fruits of something whether it be a ministry or and apparition as a guiding rule, then how can you ever be certian that the bible and the Church are even solid. The Pharisees were doing the same thing to Jesus, and he castigated them for sinning against the Holy Spirit. Satan is clever but his pride is too great to let God get all that attention. I think the people associated with Medjigorie who have fallen is the work of Satan, but I would not put the thousands of healings and conversions in Satans column. I once had an employee who was protestant he worked on a job with me which happened to be at a large Catholic Church. He stopped me one day and said, ” I could never be a Catholic”, when I asked him why he said; “because I just heard this priest spew out the worst profanity I ever heard”. I told him he is a human being with faults don’t judge the Church by one man but on what the Church teaches and stands for and the fruits of 2000 years of Saint making. Satan isn’t appearing to the visionaries for 33 years as Mother Mary and tellling them to repent, love God, love your nieghbor, go to Mass, confession and pray the rosary to somehow trip up a few persons into sin. And if one might think the visionaries are somehow pulling of the greatest hoax ever, I don’t think any human can perpetrate it this long and also still be this productive in promoting a love for God and the Church.


  4. johnmcfarm says:

    While I truly appreciate the general gist of Unity in this article and as you know have the highest regard for you and especially your intellect and knowledge. I would like to clear the air on a point that I hope you were perhaps rushing through to make the larger general point. Below is the point I wish to clarify or rather, have clarification…

    Thus you see large swaths of what used to be Mainline Protestantism and American Jews trying primarily to baptize left-wing nostrums rather than obey even the unambiguous commands of God. Episcopalians, Presbyterians and other Mainliners most vigorously teach that even though all the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles unanimously condemn active homosexuality as a sin, God really approves it and thinks it a marvelous affirmation of love.

    Each sect of Christianity is being tempted and pushed by Satan to turn away from God. The Catholic church…one of the Christian sects is not excluded from this historically or recently. To say what you did about so called Protestants (a word used to divide from Catholic) would be the equivalent of saying the Catholic church supports pedophilia, which I do not believe for a second and do not intend to inflame any Catholics. But, the same alarmed feelings you may have had when you read that and the same distaste is what those of different sects have when espoused so generally about them. To be unified, we need to be truly united. Our unity is Christ Jesus, not the particular Christian sect we belong to. For example, there are many dissenters in the Presbyterian church to the vote recently and distorted in the liberal media. Refer to this article for recent update by a more reliable news source: http://www.christianpost.com/news/fate-of-presbyterian-church-usa-effort-to-redefine-marriage-to-include-same-sex-unions-uncertain-123590/

    The general point that I think Charlie wishes to make is one of unity with the Biblical Word of God. That is not a Catholic property, nor a Baptist, or Methodist, etc. property. It is a Christian and Jewish property. There are those who have turned away from God in each sect. None are excluded, so our mission is to restore truth and bring as many souls to God as we can. To stand up for God unified together in our mission. And to courageously act as God would have us act.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh dear, John…I specifically used the term “Mainline” because that is where the attack on the actual Biblical teachings are coming from. Evangelical Protestantism is almost entirely remaining faithful to Scripture. “Social Justice” Catholicism is also usually a fig leaf covering what is not Christian at all. Perhaps I made it clumsily, but my point was essentially the same as yours – that the primary division is between those who believe that man is what God makes of him and those who actually believe that God is merely what man makes of Him.

      John, you know, of course, what lofty regard I hold you in. I was genuinely shocked – though unsurprised – when the Presbyterians voted to endorse same-sex marriage. Of course, Episcopalians have been doing that sort of thing for some time now. Retired Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong did great damage to Mainline Protestantism. I read several of his books in real horror – and was even more horrified to discover what influence he was having on what was called the Mainline several decades ago. It has seemed to me that Protestantism has been going in two distinctly separate directions the last few decades in particular. The Evangelical branch has been going back deeply into the history of the faith, re-emphasizing Church fathers, and trying to live fidelity to Christ. The Mainline, it has seemed to me, has been progressively trying to explain why what God means is opposite of what He actually says. That, I think, is the short explanation for why Protestant Evangelicalism is growing vigorously and the Mainline is collapsing, withering before our very eyes.

      The thrust of this is about unity among all those who believe God is actually God. I stipulate that there are a whole host of groups that use Catholic in their name that are only hoping to destroy or damage the faith from within. If I have erred in my assessment of what is happening in what is called, demographically, the Mainline branch of Protestantism, I apologize. As you and I admire many of the same leaders, both Protestant and Catholic, that have stayed true to the faith, I wonder if you might be willing to write a guest piece here, John, explaining what actually is happening. I will quickly concede that scope of my knowledge of what is happening in Protestant Theological circles may well have significant holes in it.

      For those who are unaware, John McConnell is a Missionary Baptist man who is a dear friend I have long admired. He leads teams of men to help people in disaster areas and has used everything he has ever made to help lift up his fellows, particularly when they are undergoing the greatest trials. He writes the blog, “The Peppy Prepper” which I link to at the right to help people prepare for self-sufficient living. He lives his faith as well as anyone I have ever known. I would not offend him under any circumstances – and if I have, either I must be in error or have not been clear.

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      • Jim says:

        Great discussion Charlie and John. When in doubt, we should always be guided by the Word.

        But the Word has been changed by some Christian denominations to suit an agenda beyond God’s agenda. And we are warned repeatedly throughout the Bible to neither add to the Word, nor take away from it. Which is precisely what has happened over the years.

        Deuteronomy 4:2
        Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

        Deuteronomy 12:32
        See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

        Proverbs 30:6
        Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

        Revelation 21:5
        He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

        Revelation 22:7
        “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

        Revelation 22:18
        18 For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book.

        Luke 11:52 Woe to you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: …

        God certainly foresaw the manipulation of the word in a manner that would lead people away from and not to God. Similar to the warnings given to us by Christ, that many will call themselves the savior, or point to false doctrines, especially in the end times.

        How can someone who accepts the Bible as the Word of God believe that they can change or twist the Word of God, especially given the admonishments from changing, adding to or subtracting from the Divine Word of God? The answer is, you cannot have it both ways. One foot in and one foot out.

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        • johnmcfarm says:

          Thank you Jim, excellent points…I do not disagree with but will present a “different” approach to the same thing later.

          First, I want to say that I hold Charlie very highly…he is a friend, someone I admired prior to his making public his service to God via Prophecy. I am not in disagreement over what he has said, I am trying in my own inept way to focus and perhaps change others here focus on what we need now.

          It is very clear that the world is a much different place that just a few short years ago. I see the collapse happening and have for some months now. It is amazing the breadth including war, plague, earthquake, etc. etc. that is happening at dramatically ever worsening pace. Additionally, besides Charlie there are many ministers who have heard God’s words of this time. Billy Graham, Mark Blitz (Blood Moon author), John Hagee, Jonathon Cahn (the Harbinger), and many more understand either from the Holy Spirit or from the Bible that we are near the End of the Age. Never before in my lifetime have I seen anything like this and I bet those informed of world events could say the same.

          I fully believe that Charlie’s message of the importance of bringing hope, standing up for God and enduring the best we can are truth and what God desires of us. This is truly a message of Unity…a message of love. It is positive and indeed a beacon of hope mixed with the glory of courageous acts. Things many Christians admire.

          All our lives we have been able to treat the difference between Christians rather like one team vs. another team in a game of sport. Some from every sect or denomination, if you will, focus greatly on the differences and the past wrongs and even present wrongs. I can appreciate the importance of knowing the present wrongs, but where is the message of hope in disdainfully remarking on them. Consider the Presbyterians, I see a horrible rift within their Church. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are being pummeled (even the ones who have succumbed to satan’s temptations) mercilessly. This is not something to get us angry with those who have succumbed, but to compassionately view them and stand for Christ but also stand for Christ’s principle of loving our neighbor. That does not imply accepting sin, it implies loving those who are “sick” those who have foundered.

          We cannot do that well with focusing on the sin, we need to focus on the individual soul…to help heal that soul with loving truth and wisdom. A note on wisdom, during my second heart attack I died for a short period of time and did have an experience…near death experience, I did not go to heaven but was told a few things…not prophetic, more instructional. One of the most important ones I was told was that “all true wisdom is love based, everything else is just knowledge or misguidance. To give it more color for you, I had a very bad adversary at that time who was a threat to my family, wealth, and career. I did not commit any crime but had seriously considered removing that person for a short time period. During my near death experience I was shown the tortured life that person had lived…that instead of hatred and anger…I should view them with compassion…and hence wisdom.

          So, while being human and consequently imperfect, I strive for excellence in God’s desire for us to love one another. We cannot win against evil with negative or evil thoughts…we can only defeat evil with love and compassion. That does not mean we cannot defend ourselves and those in need of defending, but it means when time and circumstance allow, perhaps we should view through the lens of God’s love.

          There is no longer any time for differences, especially the petty “rah my team” that we sometimes do. We must stand with those who stand with Christ, as Christ desires us to stand, with love and compassion.

          As Charlie mentioned above, I do disaster relief work with the American Baptist Men…I have been on somewhere over 18 missions…that is considered a lot. I have witnessed miracles and God’s grace…which shines on disasters more than anywhere else I have found. I have never, nor any volunteer who I have ever met asked what denomination or even if they are atheist to those we came to help. Each man knows we are there to do God’s work, that we are responsible to be the hands and heart of God bringing hope and compassion to those we encounter. And it is amazing how many come to Christ! That is more important and helpful that the physical cleanup, we bring God to those in need. We keep our eye on the ball for the most part, albeit it is easier during a disaster than right now, but we are quickly heading into that level of collapse.

          The times we are in require the same love and compassion NOW, we need to forget the differences, even the sins…but bring God’s grace to each individual we can. To not allow our fear of rejection or ridicule to slow us down in that important mission. Each of us and millions of other Christians and Messianic Jews are being led to do just that. Let’s focus on what is important.

          I hope that clarifies without insult what I am trying to say…God has led me through a very circuitous route to where I am today which is spending most of my time trying to do His will. I am a work in progress…

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          • charliej373 says:

            Many have wisdom to share here and I am grateful to see it growing into a place where we share that with each other. I am pondering what John says deeply. He and I were friends well before I spoke of any of this – and I admired his quiet commitment to being a sign of hope long before he knew of any of these things. His Mom was in politics in my home county when I was just a lad – she knew me when I was an arrogant, little snot – but liked me anyway. Gotta love that.

            More importantly, when someone who you have such deep respect for brings something like this to the fore, I always regard it as a sign from above to look deeper. And so I contemplate. But John is a man who lives it every day – so what he says is always given great weight in my eyes.

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  5. Kati says:

    This is a wonderful writing you have shared, Charlie. I fully believe that God will handle the unity and the orthodoxy. I read an article on my computer homepage this morning. The author is a woman who has really been guided with her husband to live in solidarity (something you have mentioned several times…that really resonates here) with a group of monks in Wisconsin. I believe her witness to this contains much wisdom that we can all use for living in small groups with just the right solidarity that is born of the Spirit. Here is a quote from her story:

    “Once upon a time, it was far more common for Christians to live in some form of tight-knit community, around a parish or monastery. We believe we need to regain that solidarity if we hope to impact our society and bring the heart of the gospel message to the world and more importantly, if we hope to have a deeper understanding of Christianity at all – since none of us are Christians in a vacuum.”

    Here is a link to the story of their family: http://www.everyhomeamonastery.com/?page_id=179

    She home schools and mentioned a children’s book that caught my attention. For anyone who is interested, the book was The Holy Twins by Kathleen Norris and Tomie dePaola. I looked for that book on Amazon and found several other similar books about the saints that would appeal to my grandchildren by the same authors.


  6. BC says:

    Charlie — thank you for another solid reflection. I am new to your blog, but appreciate your style, your candor, and most especially your sense of humor! Keep up the good work!

    I must admit, however, that I was saddened when I saw that you used the University of Notre Dame as your example of wayward Catholicism. Don’t get me wrong — the administration at Notre Dame deserves your ire for some of their actions in recent years. It’s just that as an alumni of Notre Dame (some 20 years ago), it saddens me to see you paint with such a broad brush. I felt compelled to point out the good fruit at Notre Dame, which (despite some egregious missteps by the administration) is what I like to focus on when I think of Notre Dame.

    As one small example, each night at 6:45 PM — rain or shine — a rosary is prayed at the Lourdes Grotto at the school. If you have never been to “the Grotto,” I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful, peaceful spot dedicated to Our Lady. As a student, I participated in that Grotto Rosary many, many times, and I am heartened by the fact that there will be students, faculty and clergy out there tonight at 6:45 PM praying. Often, when we prayed that Rosary, the intention would be for an end to the great evil of abortion. I hope that is still true.

    Anyway, I wanted to stick up for Notre Dame a bit. There are many men and women out there fighting the good fight for our faith each day that are products of Notre Dame and whose faith was nurtured and inspired under the shadow of the Golden Dome. I daresay that some of those folks will play an important part in helping our brothers and sisters through the coming Storm you speak of so frequently. They are allies in this fight to save souls.

    I will pray for you and your ministry, Charlie. May God give you the strength and courage you need each day to carry it out!


    • charliej373 says:

      I sympathize, BC. I chose Notre Dame because it once epitomized the Catholic University in the U.S. It’s administrative apostasy sticks in my throat, as well. One of the priests who guides me spent about a decade working there. Being from the Midwest, I have a host of friends who went there. The father of one of my best friends is a pious Irish Catholic who graduated from the law school there near 60 years ago – and his blood pressure gets dangerously high when he starts talking about the offenses there. The effort to try to put members on the board who also served on the board of abortion providers and cover it up….it is a great sorrow and scandal. When Fr. Richard Jenkins’ era as president mercifully ends, perhaps Notre Dame’s will begin the journey back from its errant efforts to follow worldly things. But its apostasy particularly stings all of us who once loved it.


  7. vicardwm says:

    Thank you, Charlie! I totally agree with what you have said, in general terms. I do feel more kinship with a Protestant who loves the Lord with all their heart than a Catholic who picks and chooses which Church teachings they are going to believe. God bless the faithful Protestants – as long as they are ardently seeking for more of God, they will find more of Him. It’s not so much that we are all in the same place, but we are all moving in the same DIRECTION.

    As for the thought that God will take care of the unity – who else could manage it!?!! We should just know our own faith, defend it when called upon, and seek greater unity, but these efforts will only bear fruit if they begin and end with love. I’m a convert from Protestantism and know that there are a lot of currents within it, so it is difficult to sum it up in a few paragraphs.


  8. TC says:

    Charlie, thanks for another good reflection. As I read it and the comments, I was reminded of two items.

    St. John Paul II, in his Novo Millenio Ineunte helped chart the course through the Storm:
    42. “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35). If we have truly contemplated the face of Christ, dear Brothers and Sisters, our pastoral planning will necessarily be inspired by the “new commandment” which he gave us: “Love one another, as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34).
    “This is the other important area …the domain of communion (koinonia), which embodies and reveals the very essence of the mystery of the Church. Communion is the fruit and demonstration of that love which springs from the heart of the Eternal Father and is poured out upon us through the Spirit which Jesus gives us (cf. Rom 5:5), to make us all “one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32). It is in building this communion of love that the Church appears as “sacrament”, as the “sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the human race”.26
    The Lord’s words on this point are too precise for us to diminish their import. Many things are necessary for the Church’s journey through history, not least in this new century; but without charity (agape), all will be in vain.”

    JPII goes on to say the following. Note especially the final line which strikes a beautiful balance between orthopraxy and orthodoxy.

    “Stake everything on charity”
    49. Beginning with intra-ecclesial communion, charity of its nature opens out into a service that is universal; it inspires in us a commitment to practical and concrete love for every human being. This too is an aspect which must clearly mark the Christian life, the Church’s whole activity and her pastoral planning. The century and the millennium now beginning will need to see, and hopefully with still greater clarity, to what length of dedication the Christian community can go in charity towards the poorest. If we have truly started out anew from the contemplation of Christ, we must learn to see him especially in the faces of those with whom he himself wished to be identified: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Mt 25:35-37). This Gospel text is not a simple invitation to charity: it is a page of Christology which sheds a ray of light on the mystery of Christ. By these words, no less than by the orthodoxy of her doctrine, the Church measures her fidelity as the Bride of Christ.”

    Archbishop Gerhard Müller, appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Benedict, strikes a similar balance in this 2012 NCReg exclusive interview:

    “What will be your priorities as prefect, in terms of defending doctrine…?”

    “Defending the faith is the second task we have. Our primary role is to promote the faith. The Church is not a fortress, but, rather, a sacrament, a sign, a symbol and an instrument for the salvation for all people. The apostles were sent into the world to preach the Gospel and to edify and instill hope in people. So we are the witnesses and missionaries of that faith, hope and love, and this is the first task of the whole Church.”
    “The role of the congregation, therefore, is first and foremost to support that mission of the whole Church. Obviously, to do that today means that we have to defend the faith from the assault of secularism and materialism, which denies the transcendent dimension of human existence and therefore distorts the ethical, moral and intellectual orientation of society”

    Read the whole interview in two parts, at the links below. It is one of the finest interviews given by a prelate that I have read in the last several years.




    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you so much, TC. A hundred years from now we will have begun to plumb the depths of what St. John Paul the Great contributed to the deposit of faith. And it is good, in these difficult times, to see the quiet but important work that many in the hierarchy continue to work on.


  9. Bonnie C says:

    Mostly out of my league, here, but as a little lay Catholic, consecrated to Our Lady, I almost burst into tears of surprise, joy and hope when I read about my husband in these words: “Look to the work. When you see one who helps others endure, who lifts up his neighbors, who binds up the wounds of the injured and acts as a sign of hope to all around him, know that he is one who does the Father’s will…whatever he professes otherwise.” I felt my heart expand at these words. Thank you for these words!


  10. NancyA says:

    There are those of us who love someone who does not do those things… who mocks God, seems to have despaired of his own salvation, so likes to say how much fun he’ll have with his kind below…. he’s away, far away, from the Faith, AND his deeds are as well. I pray for his conversion, and will trust in God’s mercy that it may come about even if I don’t get to see it.


  11. Linda says:

    Hehe..Charlie.. Two years from this post has gone from 22 responses to the hundreds..many hundreds… how about that😇


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