By Charlie Johnston
Word of this website and my message has grown rather robustly in the last few weeks. As it does, organized resistance has risen, as well. Some are well-intended but uninformed; some are just reflexive naysayers; a few are malicious; and a few are well-informed but opposed. Some make reference to my “dark, scary messages.” I don’t promulgate “messages,” as regular readers know – I have had a consistent message since I first began talking to my priests 20 years ago. I have a job to give people heart to endure the Storm that is upon us. I build that around my fundamental message. Yes, dark things are happening around us – but anybody can see that now from purely secular analysis, as some top historians, economists and investment analysts have been discussing for over a year now. That is not what is new in what I talk about. What is new is that the gathering darkness is NOT what it seems, but rather a great renewal of God’s people that will culminate in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and a renewal of the world based on faith, family and freedom.
Now, various people from around the country are watching where events are scheduled and calling the various dioceses to complain and get those events cancelled. These things must come. Funny thing, in four of my visits, high diocesan officials have been part of the organizing committee – usually anonymously. In one, several priests demurred on scheduling an event for their parish, fearful of what the diocese would think, blissfully unaware that the diocese was involved with planning the visit. Several of the better-known priests and other figures I have visited have been assaulted with calls and complaints in my wake. To their credit, almost all have told their interlocutors that they have heard me, they have read me, and that the critics are utterly wrong or completely mangling what I say. Some left-wing activists are now trolling, pretending to be faithful Catholics and making up nonsense to stop me from speaking.
Even so, I do not want to put the clergy into the midst of a controversy over me. They have enough to worry about – and I would rather support them in their efforts to clearly proclaim the faith with fidelity. If they get caught up in a controversy over me, they can easily get distracted from what is important, which is to proclaim the faith with fidelity. So I ask you, do not schedule an event at a Church, even if the priest is a long-time follower of the website and knows very well how orthodox and hopeful my authentic message is. To do so makes them a target of the trolls that are now gathering in my wake. Get a secular venue. It is not in danger of being targeted or cancelled and does not put any Priest, orthodox or otherwise, into a difficult situation. It is the message that is the key, not the venue. Also, do not think that all who oppose it are doing it from malice. Many are sincere, even more are misinformed…decrying what they have heard I say rather than finding out what I actually say. As you all know, I always point people back to the safety of the Barque of Peter while urging them to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around them. It is understandable, for most people who talk about the things I do actually DO get into some very weird and hinky stuff. I think that when people actually hear me speak I benefit from some very low expectations. They are expecting some wild-eyed doom and gloom guy and when they just get the Trust-Do-Love message, they are both taken aback and joyful. That it is now encountering organized resistance is a good, not a bad sign. But don’t put your priest in a ticklish situation when he needs to be supported in proclaiming the faith with fidelity.
Meantime, the performance of the world markets today continues to jangle a lot of nerves. That is okay. Final crash will come soon enough and this round of the jitters will actually help steady you for when it does. I don’t think it is yet, but even if it is, remember: God wins. Stay steady. Acknowledge Him, take the next right step and be a sign of hope – and all will be well. You have entered into the great adventure that culminates in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Jesus the Lord is Master of all storms. Be not afraid. He is beside you so long as you hold fast to Him.