Marking Time

Mt. Meeker and St. Catherine's Chapel. This is the site where a great Shrine will one day be built in thanksgiving for our rescue from the Storm - and it will become a place of joyful and grateful pilgrimage for people from throughout the world.

Mt. Meeker and St. Catherine’s Chapel. This is the site where a great Shrine will one day be built in thanksgiving for our rescue from the Storm – and it will become a place of joyful and grateful pilgrimage for people from throughout the world.

Over the next few days I will be very busy, constantly on the run. I don’t expect to be able to get anything of weight up until Tuesday sometime. In the meantime, I offer you a few links to articles I think merit a serious reading. I put the picture of Mt. Meeker at the top of this not because it relates to this article, but I felt moved this morning to contemplate it.

First is an article on Pope Francis by John Allen. I know Allen leans a bit to the progressive side of the equation, but he is a rock-solid reporter and thinker who I much respect. He brings his usual mix of deep insight and careful balance to this article.

Next up is George Weigel, the Catholic thinker who gave us the magnificent biography of St. John Paul the Great.

Finally, a piece from Victor Davis Hanson on the threats that are arising around the world like dandelions in spring. He focuses on the four major threats we are  largely fumbling about with, using imagery of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to drive home his thesis.

I will catch up with you on Tuesday sometime.

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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26 Responses to Marking Time

  1. tresorgirl54 says:

    We’ll be waiting!


  2. jan says:
    Beautiful photograph of Saint Catherine Mt. Meeker


  3. Mary-Louise says:

    Charlie, Another item to add to your list of signs of the times. The former Saudi ambassador wrote a letter to the editor in the Washington Post. He says after the Iran deal, leaders in the Middle East are working with everyone except the US. This is a public declaration by the Saudis that our interests no longer coincide. A nuke arms race starts.

    July 16

    Pundits are saying that President Obama’s Iran deal stirs deja vu of President Clinton’s 1994 North Korean nuclear deal [“A landmark nuclear pact with Iran,” front page, July 15]. I humbly disagree. President Clinton made his decision based on a strategic foreign policy analysis, top-secret intelligence and a desire to save the people of North Korea from starvation induced by its leadership.

    It turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong. If Mr. Clinton had known about the major intelligence failure, he would have made a different decision. Mr. Obama made his decision on the Iran nuclear deal aware that the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information and intelligence from U.S. allies in the region predict a worse outcome than in North Korea — and Iran will have access to billions of dollars.

    This deal will wreak havoc in the Middle East, which is already a disastrous environment. Iran is a major player in the destabilization of the region. Why would Mr. Obama go ahead with such a deal with Iran? It is definitely not because Mr. Obama is not smart enough, because he is. He must believe that what he is doing is right. Still, I am convinced that my good friend Henry Kissinger was correct when he said, “America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

    People in my region now are relying on God’s will and consolidating their local capabilities and analyses with everyone except our oldest and most powerful ally.

    Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    The writer was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1981 to 2005.

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  4. mark says:

    Hello, Were you (shown) told about the future shrine??

    The Next Right Step wrote:

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  5. Scott says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you on Saturday. Sorry to have had to leave early but taking care of my family was the next right step for me. We all want more insight on what’s to come but if we just listen to what you are saying instead of what we hope you’ll say we will be ok. Im sorry to hear about Joey. I will keep his parents in my prayers. I’m going to encourage my brother to go to your Vermont trip.

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  6. donna says:

    it was a pleasure to meet you on Saturday, as well…..We rushed out at the 8pm mark, because we had someone in our caravan who needed to be home by 9pm….thank you for coming to NJ and we are grateful to have heard you in person…..We talked about it at the diner after church for a long time 🙂


  7. Bob says:

    Mark’s post on July 16 is good to remember about remaining with Jesus. It seems that with some of us when we are stressed with storms of various kinds coming that we need to be reminded of the basics. As my karate instructor used to say “learn the basics and practice until it becomes automatic” or as Charlie says :”Trust, do, love”.


  8. Jplappe says:

    ive heard the work has already decided the shrine will be in Los Angeles.



    • charliej373 says:

      Oh yes, it has. Some were trying to push me on LA over a decade ago. My response to them then is the same now. They can make whatever plans they want – and may build A Shrine in LA, but it is not THE Shrine. Further, it carries some risk. God has given them first crack at building the Shrine – but whether they do or do not, THE Shrine will be built at the foot of Mt. Meeker and they risk forfeiting their role in the building of it to another.

      They told me back then it could not be built at Mt. Meeker because a conference center already existed there. I said I was shown otherwise. While I was on pilgrimage, half of that conference center was destroyed by fire. Then some insisted they would rebuild from what was left. So the great floods came – and the epicenter was at Mt. meeker. The boulders and uprooted trees destroyed what was left of the old conference center.

      I have a great affection for and am a cooperator of Opus Dei. But if they squander their chance at building the Shrine at Mt. Meeker, someone else will do it. God always gets His way – and I am adamant about this. Here is an article on the history of this – with a great link to a local Denver television story about the floods and rockslides up there.

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  9. SteveBC says:

    I cannot let something pass. I heard today that Martin O’Malley, ex-Governor of Maryland and candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election went to the Netroots conference and said the following: “Black Lives Matter. White Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.” For that, he was pilloried by the attendees.

    And later he apologized.

    I thought about this for a while and found myself staring full-force into the Culture of Death.

    If you’ll consider for a moment, O’Malley was pilloried for saying something so obviously true, so right, and then he had such little spine that he walked his statements back.

    Now I will grant you that in the context of how “BlackLivesMatter” is used today, it might have demonstrated O’Malley’s lack of political acumen, to even bring that up. Nonetheless, it seems to me that the most appropriate response to the heckling would have been to say something like, “Black lives matter *because* *all* lives matter.”

    But really, what the Netroots attendees were saying is that not all lives actually do matter. And for them, that is actually and literally true. They pilloried O’Malley for speaking an obvious truth, that all lives matter. They called Good evil and evil Good in absolutely blatant terms on the most fundamental difference between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life. Either every life matters, or none do. It cannot get more stark than that.

    In fact, in the Democratic Party and particularly in the left wing of that party, most lives actually do not matter. And many members of the Republican Party often are fellow travelers.
    • Early-stage pregnancies are not protected.
    • Late-stage pregnancies, where the children involved could survive birth although premature, are not protected.
    • Partially born children are not protected.
    • I see stories that children already born are not to be protected but don’t know to what extent that is in actual practice at this time.
    • In Europe and increasingly in the US states, children and adults who want to commit suicide are not protected but encouraged.
    • The old and the incapacitated are increasingly not protected.

    Let’s go further:
    • The Democrats and the Left increasingly attempt to take guns away from everyone, including blacks, which means that they do not believe anyone living responsibly and operating lawfully in relation to guns have lives that matter. The entire attack on Second Amendment rights says the lives of law-abiding citizens of all colors and creeds are not protected.
    • Lawful citizens in Chicago and many other cities cannot get guns at all, so they are left unable to defend themselves, which means their lives don’t matter, even as murder rates soar.
    • Lawful citizens who have sought psychological treatment have their guns taken from them forcibly, and thus they are not protected.
    • Old people who have any form of diminished mental capacity may now have their lawfully owned and responsibly used guns taken from them, and their heirs who would have received those guns lawfully will now be disarmed, so many of the members of the young generation now rising will not be protected.
    • Christians seeking to pursue their moral and religious beliefs are attacked and bankrupted. They are not protected.
    • The Department of Justice has repeatedly used any incident it could to take control over and regulate local police departments, and many members of the Obama Administration and outside groups have so pilloried local police that those police are backing away from doing their work, resulting in a doubling of murder rates, which means that the people of towns and cities all across this country are increasingly not protected.
    • The government now has all your medical data. How long do you think it will be before the government forces doctors to deny gun owners medical treatment unless they first give up their guns? Everyone covered by Obamacare will no longer be protected.
    • Veterans with years of weapons training are denied guns and are no longer protected.
    • Those who originally denied the possibility of death panels in ObamaCare have walked their words back. People over 70 years old will increasingly not be protected.

    The list goes on and on.

    The Netroots attendees and the basic platform of the Democratic Party are the heart of this Culture of Death here in the US, and they have counterparts all over the world. Suddenly, their attitudes are infecting people not previously under the spell of this pagan Mob.

    The One Thought. The Culture of Death.

    I’m no fan of Nietzsche, but this quote seems appropriate here, particularly for the many activist followers of Saul Alinsky in the US: “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

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  10. I agree that Allen is a solid reporter, though unfortunately my respect for his opinions plummeted to zero when he blasted those who stand for Traditional Marriage or have concerns for Liturgy as people who merely succumb to “luxury issues.” (

    Besides the obvious issues with that (which I discussed here: ), it is incredibly illogical to make such an argument. That argument can be used against *anything*, including 99% of the articles Allen himself has written. He might as well have written an article on how, under no circumstances, should one write an article.


    • charliej373 says:

      Daniel, that is true, but I don’t necessarily think germane to this point. I think I noted clearly he leans left…and I do not share his opinions on most things. But he is a straight, honest reporter…and that is a very tricky thing to find, particularly on the left, these days. When I was in news and radio, there were many people who disagreed vigorously with my opinions but respected my straightforward, honest approach to straight reporting. I was not discussing whether Allen is a great guy or deeply insightful in his opinions – only that when he is doing straight reporting, you can count on its accuracy and balance in most cases. Now, I was complimentary about his insightfulness, so that may have triggered this…but I usually don’t drag out someone’s faults and errors when I am giving them a compliment. And for this article (and many other non-opinion pieces) he deserves the compliment, I think.


      • You are right, it is not germane :-). Guess I was just thinking of this as more of a forum than a comment thread, and as I hadn’t shared that piece of mine yet, I figured it’d be okay for me to do so now. Allen needed to be called out for that. No criticism of your linking to him intended.


        • charliej373 says:

          No, I know Daniel…I just thought man, if I have to tell everything good and bad about someone when I mention them this is going to get bogged down in a hurry. Ha! Once I was doing a public debate on a subject and my opponent lit into a personal attack on me…just nasty and vicious with a lot of lies involved. There was so much I didn’t know where to begin – and I thought a line by line refutation would completely destroy the point of our debate. Then inspiration struck. I took the mike, rubbed my chin and said, “Shoot, now that my opponent has told you all of my better qualities I don’t know quite what to say.” The audience roared with laughter – and they were mine the rest of the night. He didn’t even stick around to shake hands with people afterwards. He skunked himself. (But I did help 😉

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  11. Bob says:

    And I fear too many in our culture have been drinking the poison of rage and of hatred and have been feeding demons as St Paul referred to in Ephesians chapter 4 vs 26 and 27 and how many of us will find some of that poison in our hearts too?


  12. NancyA says:

    wow! That George Weigel piece was very informative! I studied JPII.I no longer study the pope, and don’t pay a whole lot of attention to his specifics, but this article was very pertinent. I hope it’s read by THE Vatican that he describes!

    Charlie, you spoke a lot about charity last night. It drew to my mind a quote I’d like to share with you. Dietrich von Hildebrand was a well to do man in Germany, highly placed in society, friend to royals. His second wife, Alice, on a visit to his family home in Munich, asked him if it was not terrible to suffer such deprivation as he did in America, after having lived in such opulent and culturally beautiful conditions. He looked astonished at her and exclaimed that he was so happy to have had the chance to taste the sweet nectar of Christian charity. (I am paraphrasing, too lazy to go get the book.) Similar to your pointing out that we need to allow others to give to us, storing up their treasure in Heaven.

    He was an amazing man, absolutely based in first principles and able to see the horrors of totalitarianism from the start. He supported a truly Catholic response, even when many Catholics did not. Would that we had someone of his moral stature now.


    • NancyA says:

      Might be talking to myself by now, but I want to share a quote from the book I had to read after completing the memoir of von Hildebrand…

      Alice von Hildebrand writes in her introduction to Messner’s (Engelbert) _Dollfuss: An Austrian Patriot_,

      “Shortly before his murder, Dollfuss said: ‘It is not power or riches that will make for the happiness of nations, but interior peace, agreement and harmony among individuals. For this we do not need empty piety; but we do intend to be upright, honourable and resolute men. We do intend to become better and nobler men in accordance with Christian principles, and to behave as such in regard to our fellows.’ And ‘it is sound statesmanship,’ he continued, ‘to foster and encourage a life of religion.'”

      Music to the ears and so few knew how blessed they were.


  13. Bob says:

    Looking at your nice shot of Mt. Meeker reminded me of a time in my younger days when I had time when I had stayed at a youth hostel and went to Rocky Mountain and was gazing on Longs Peak and while wishing I had a way and time to hike it met an on the road friend who invited me and another person to accompany him to Yellowstone for a few days. Things are good but how I wish I had that kind of time now. And just last week my son took a 50 mile backpacking trip in Oregon so he will be ready if in need and a storm hits but I will tell him his salvation may depend on his trying to help as many on his way as he can which I am sure he will do as he is good natured and likes most folks. Perhaps I can get out to Co. again before this body is too old God permitting!


  14. Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

    Nancy A….that is a fascinating piece of information about von Hildebrand. Thank you for sharing it.


  15. Jessica says:

    For those of you who were looking for a very brief letter previously, the letter is available in a Google doc format:

    This letter was written for those you have spoken with that have mentioned they think something might be happening, or are worried about world events, etc. It is not written for a “cold contact” – meaning trying to convince someone who isn’t interested to believe the Storm is coming.

    Please feel free to send me edits as you see fit too.


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