By Charlie Johnston
I should have some time tomorrow to get some serious work done here. My apologies to all…I have been going almost non-stop the last week, so I am again deeply behind in emails and postings here. Both tomorrow and during my sojourn back in Denver I will endeavor to get some serious stuff up. I hope tomorrow to expand a little on what I mean when I say that “nothing is wasted or lost in God’s economy.”
One of the biggest surprises I have had during my initial journeys is what a warm welcome I am receiving from the “heavy hitters” I encounter. Many Parish Priests are leery of me and my message, but the big ones who have major accomplishments that are well known have, after chatting with me, almost invariably welcomed me with great warmth and affection.
I decided to put the picture of Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, at the top because he taught me something important I did not know – and had occasionally done wrong. It is important to him that we all do it right. In the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, groups often say, “We offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son…” Fr. Seraphim is adamant that we say “I offer you…” It is important that we each offer it individually as we offer it in unison. I told him I will make sure this is done wherever I say it – and that if anyone argues with me, I can tell them I heard it from the horse’s mouth! As you probably know, Fr. Seraphim was the Vice-Postulator of the cause for St. Faustina’s canonization and has been instrumental in helping establish The Divine Mercy as a vitally important devotion in these times. He was on the Altar with St. John Paul at the canonization.
I was delighted to meet and spend some time with Dan Lynch in Vermont, Tony Mullen in Philadelphia and a host of priests and religious that are quietly doing God’s work all around us.
I am putting up a few pictures of some of those who have devoted their lives to the faith in profoundly fruitful ways below. In the coming days, as I catch up, you will get stories on each of the places I visited and how folks have shared their faith and hope. You will also see pictures of some faces that are very familiar on the comments section – including Steve BC, Ed Allison, EllenChris and Daniel O’Connor…but you will have to wait a few more days for those.
Sadly, I have to depend on people in each city to take pictures and email them to me. I did not so much get a Smart Phone as a Notso (think about it)…and half the time I can’t upload pictures from my phone. So I depend on the kindness of others to get the photos to share.