From time to time people ask me where they can send donations. I don’t have a donation button here and I don’t solicit them. I am fortunate to have a few people who act as sponsors and patrons to help me do my work. A gentleman in Golden opened up the downstairs of his home for me to stay at and work from. A couple who work with the prayer groups provide me with an old truck to use (I love that truck – it is a 1978 in very good condition. It and I were young together…from the same era. We were both once lively, young and handsome, but now show signs of our age…but keep pressing on. We suit each other). I am an older, single man, so fortunately my needs are few. There are many wonderful ministries that DO depend on donations, and the workman is certainly worthy of his hire. Mark Mallett, the Mother of God Forum, Spirit Daily, and some others do marvelous work and depend on donations to keep going. But it is not the way I am supposed to go.
However, I did think it a good thing to watch out for some good, effective ministries that are really getting out there in the cultural trenches and helping people. That is why today, I have added a new category of links at right called, “Go Forth…” These will be constituted of truly committed Christians who are doing noble work, I will only add places that I have personally interacted with and am satisfied that any money they collect goes to further the work of reaching out. The first group I added here is the Missioners of Christ. This is a group of primarily young missionaries that reaches out and works with the poorest of the poor. They work extensively in Latin America. One of the missionaries, a young fellow named Andrew, follows this website and made a comment on his personal blog a week or so ago. He has a lovely wife and a beautiful little daughter who has spina bifida. Yet he and his wife, Cristina, slog on in their ministry. (For a touch of their story and their faith, go here). I was touched by their simple fortitude and determination to go forward and be a sign of hope. So I asked him about the Missionary Group he is part of – and now add it here. I ask you, if you find yourself moved to make a donation, do it for one of these groups that are working in the trenches. I will put a few more up as I go along. It just struck me, so many have asked where they can donate – and I feel a little strange sometimes about telling people I don’t need it to carry on my little work. So I thought why not take the time to match up the generosity of readers here with groups that are going forth and spreading the word – and could use the help. Again, I will only put up groups there that I have personal experience of and confidence in. They “Go Forth” in truth.
I have been in some correspondence with a fellow, Dan Lynch, who runs a wonderful apostolate devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. John Paul II, while advocating for Jesus King of All Nations and Our Lady of America. He did a wonderful special on Our Lady of Guadalupe for EWTN. He has run the apostolate since 1991, coincidentally the year I was received into the Church. I have added a link to his site under the “Devotions” category.
It became clear this last week that this site has grown enough that I need to get some help to run it effectively. I am adding a few people to help me moderate and respond to comments. My sister, Kim, will be helping by the end of next week – and I have one or two others in mind. They will respond as themselves, not as me. I will continue to do the bulk of it, but sometimes I need a day to take care of other things or the time to write some of the more difficult pieces. I will continue to handle all the email myself. I try – and am mostly successful – at keeping it below 20 needing response each day. Those I bring on to help in this are people who intimately know my mind and work to live the simple message I propound.
Do NOT think you are overwhelming me and pull back. I always knew this would ultimately be the case – and one of the most important things about it all is that we go forward together. This is not just Charlie preaching to the poor schlubs: I am a poor schlub – and together we are the society of poor schlubs. I need you. So I am not leaving the dialogue, just adding a few more voices to it. This will ALWAYS be a site where we talk with each other and I respond to all who come with goodwill. That is part of my ancient promise. Besides, it would be a pretty poor Sherpa who left his charges to go wandering off on his own. But it is a very good Sherpa who takes on a few assistants when the expeditionary force grows large enough. The way we have been growing together in faith, trust and joy here has been one of the great blessings of my life. Thank you – and I will do my duty to see that we grow smoothly together.
I have long believed the Mark of the Beast to be an ideology. I am glad to see someone has finally watched the signs of the times close enough to see what I see. Bryan Fischer of Charisma News has a shrewd piece on the matter here.
On the ebola watch, I was very struck by Peggy Noonan’s column on the government’s hamfisted approach to it in the Wall Street Journal.
CNS News just published an insightful article on recent thoughts by perhaps the most steadfast and consistent American Christian witness of the last century, the Rev. Billy Graham. His faith and wisdom endures.
As the preliminary session of the Synod on the Family wraps up, Mark Mallett has a deeply thoughtful piece on the matter. But for all those who think Pope Francis is an ideologue, one of the great rising stars in the hierarchy, elevated by Pope Francis, is Cardinal George Pell, one of the most notably orthodox Bishops in the world. I will close with some comments he made. Pay particular attention to the last paragraph.