By Charlie Johnston
I have been working most of the day on details for the New England trip in late July. We have some firebrands up there who are whipping some things together nicely. I will put up details and contact info in the next few days.
You may remember that, right around the first of the year, I told you to be very careful and deliberate, that many of the tumult of this year would not be what it seemed at first. I think we would all do well to remember that as strange things continue to unfold. I will have some thoughts on Medjugorje in a day or two. Michael Brown had an interesting piece on Spirit Daily on it. He, of course, has been a disciplined and careful supporter.
I think a lot about what I was originally told about it by my angel; that it is authentic, but has a lot of the barnacles of our time. The decision that will soon be made public may disappoint all, neither confirming it nor suppressing it. I am thinking that what may come might actually clean away some of the barnacles attached to it. If you are a supporter, this may be a great test of your obedience. If you are an opponent, this will not be the time to crow. Keep in mind that many of the events of this year are designed to reveal hearts, before the final crash. Do not let your feet get set in stone as God continues to unveil what He is doing.
Now for a few links…
Atheist/entertainer Bill Maher is occasionally insightful, but always contemptible. He seems to revel in ugly cruelty towards those with whom he disagrees. Kudos to the American Center for Law and Justice for calling him out on his ugly bigotry towards Christians. To mock the butchered and murdered is beyond the pale.
We have been talking a little more specifically about the devil of late and how he operates. The ever insightful Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington did a worthy piece on the subject a week or so ago.
Elizabeth Scalia had a marvelous piece at Patheos today, subtle and deep. It is a sad story that, in some cases, even some nuns have gotten involved in self-absorbed nonsense that will subtly lead people astray. It is why I have such contemptuous aversion to so-called “centering prayer” and all other New Age Nonsense that masquerades as compatible with Catholicism. It proclaims it will help give you self-awareness, but all it does is lead to a prickly self-absorption that ultimately squeezes God out of your life. The devil is having a grand old time in these last days before he is evicted. Don’t be part of his toxic party. It is doomed.
I love this story, told by our friend, Carlos Caso-Rosendi about the simple and ever-persistent humanity of our Holy Pope Francis. Some barnacles have attached themselves to the Vatican, mimicking this Holy Pope’s words and attitudes. A big difference is that he means it – and lives it.