(The article below was sent by my host in Sacramento, with her impressions of my visit. Also, wanted note a couple of things quickly. First, one of our readers is a friend of the former Satanist Zachary King and his wife. This is an excerpt from a message she sent me: “Another reason for my contacting you is because of the timely and important post you made about Zac King’s testimony. I am acquainted with Zac and his wife, Katie. I have mutual friends and an FSSP pastor who can vouch for them. They are under the direction of a holy diocesan priest at a different parish, but often attend Mass at my FSSP Latin Mass parish. Before Zac began his public ministry,our pastor (at the time) invited Zac to speak to our youth group. It was a powerful message. You may not realize, but Zac is now legally blind. Surgery was, unfortunately, unsuccessful and he now accepts this cross—and many others–with grace and humility. His sweet wife, Katie is his caregiver and assists him with his ministry. When home, Zac spends his days praying many rosaries. When I saw some of the negative comments on your website, I became concerned. I contacted our mutual friend and was told that Zac and Katie have been receiving some “not so nice” emails, but that they are taking it in stride. My friend said, “They give it all to our Lady and the Holy Spirit. As Katie says, they must be doing something right that so many feathers are ruffled. Please continue to pray for them.” I then looked at Zac’s FB page and checked out some of those who are discrediting Zac. I found it interesting that there are atheists and satanists claiming that Zac is a fake! They are obviously trying to deceive the followers of his ministry.”
I, too, thought there were some legitimate questions about the verisimilitude of Mr. King. This note from a trusted reader goes a long way towards soothing those concerns for me – and I have no doubt he is under deep assault if he has fully turned away from that. I said a Prayer of Miraculous Trust for him today, asking the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene, and I hope you will all pray for him, too.
On Saturday in Los Angeles, we were jam-packed at the Pauline bookstore in the afternoon. I was delighted to find that Sr. Lorraine, who often comments here, is a Pauline sister. She has a book on help from angels that I bought. (She had called ahead to make sure her sisters took good care of me). A well-known television actor had secured that venue for us. I would mention who it is, but as you know, it can be the kiss of death in Hollywood for it to be known you are seriously Christian. I mention it so you know that we have true, faithful Christians “behind the lines,” as it were. We had a small gathering put together a few days earlier that evening – and David Daleiden, the fellow who patiently spent two and a half years putting together the Planned Parenthood videos that have utterly rocked the organization, came to visit with us. I will have a full article on that. I probably embarrass him a little with the extent of my esteem for him, but I am deeply impressed that a 26-year-old man could act with such patience, fortitude and resolve. He is a fine young man, still completely focused on the work rather than distracted by the national publicity machine. The faithful are rising.
Also, we need some volunteers and a co-ordinator for Houston. Former plans fell through and I might have to cancel the planned visit if someone doesn’t step up. If you can help on this, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, my next public meeting will be on Wednesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Dr., Riverside, California.
Now, Jeanne Condon’s narrative of my visit to Sacramento:
Sacramento volunteer team. Back row, from left, Nancy, Mike, Deon, me, Maureen and Tom. In the front are author Jeanne Condon and her daughter, Elizabeth.
By Jeanne Condon
This week we were privileged to host Charlie Johnston in Sacramento. He came from San Francisco and
upon leaving Northern California headed to Southern California where he will continue his mission to
“defend the faith, hearken the faithful, and defend the faithful”.
Several months ago, I offered Charlie a place to stay if and when he ever came through California’s
capitol. He responded gratefully. Two months ago Mary, the C.C. C., Charlie’s Chief Coordinator,
contacted me via email saying a team was coming together to arrange the logistics of Charlie’s visit and
would I like to be a part of it.
Together with 5 incredible women and their spouses we found a meeting room, a hotel, arranged a
designated driver among us, determined our potluck location, designed a flyer and got the word out.
Working together via email was a blessing as prayers were offered and
Private dinner with volunteers in Sacramento. Young Elizabeth, Jeanne Condon’s daughter, did all the barbecuing.
doors were opened, and closed.
Mary encouraged us via email from Colorado as the days inched closer to “CJ-Day”. Such a sweet
harmony grew among us, though we were only connected by email and the Holy Spirit.
Just 5 days ago Maureen and Tom picked Charlie up from the train station. That night the whole team,
plus 2 ordained religious gathered for a potluck. Everyone contributed to a feast of food and fellowship.
Poor Charlie, he barely gets to eat because we ask questions and he answers with stories and anecdotes.
One woman put it so well, “Charlie is the kind of fellow, everyone wants for a friend.” How true that is.
After dinner we gathered to pray the Rosary, which was the sweetest part of our evening together.
Photos and hugs later we said good night.
The next day we continued our time together with Charlie as most of us went to the Cathedral of the
Blessed Sacrament for Holy Mass. Our Cathedral is so lovely and the sounds of singing, chanting, and
reading, holy words of Consecration, echo off large ornately painted walls and the overhead cupola,
from which the Crucifix hangs.
After a light lunch, the team took Charlie to an auto museum where they rambled lazily amongst classic
Tom and I at the wonderful Auto Museum in Sacramento. They had a wonderful and extensive display of cars – including a few like my Dad used to drive.
Charlie was driven to his modest hotel room, where he sent out a blog post to us all, and rested before
the public meeting 3 hours later.
Meanwhile some of the team went to the hotel room and immediately broke into a sweat……the AC was
not on. Grace prevailed and while the room got “cooler” we grabbed a quick bite to eat. When we
returned to our Next Right Step meeting room, the room was still not cooled down. After a quick
discussion with the hotel staff, we opened the doors to at least let fresh air in, while a giant fan whirled
relief, and noise.
The name tags were placed out and were a huge help for conversation. I highly recommend them.
Charlie arrived and we quickly rearranged the room to a half circle around him, while his chair was
placed by the door, next to the cookies.
After a brief introduction, and I mean brief, Charlie began his talk. Our 68 guests leaned in to hear his
every word, while they “offered up” their discomfort.
Charlie has so much to share in person, much of which is already on his blog. But hearing the same thing
in person, puts it in a new perspective. His timely laughter of which we all joined in, broke up the
serious nature of what the next few years hold for us as a human family. Always reassuring and
comforting, Charlie spoke from his heart to our hearts.
One part of his talk stood out for me, that more people die from or in a state of panic and chaos. I
tucked that tidbit into my being for future use.
I like that Charlie is very ordinary. He smokes a vapor stick every so often. He has a terrific sense of
humor, mostly at himself. He is very appreciative and is so relational as to say your name (name tags!!)
when he speaks to you. (Don’t we all love hearing our name when spoken to?!)
What Charlie recommends is also very ordinary and simple: Acknowledge God, take the next right step,
and be a sign of hope for others. Do you have that memorized yet? You should.
Finally after almost 3 hours, Charlie wrapped things up. A few more group photos and then for some of
the team it was hugs and good-bye.
The presentation in Sacramento.
I didn’t want this pilgrimage stop to end. Saying good bye to Charlie choked me up. I imagined how the
Ephesians or Corinthians felt when saying good bye to their beloved Paul. But on Paul went, as Charlie
must, too. He has other “flocks” to encourage on his tour of the United States.
The day following the public meeting, I called the hotel to express my disappointment that the air
conditioning was broken. They apologized and offered to refund us $100. Upon emailing the team, we
agreed to send a $100 check to one of Charlie’s charities on his website from all of his readers.
We also agreed to continue the fellowship by meeting in a few months for another potluck.
The team member who did all the driving while Charlie was in Northern California, took him to the
airport. That day felt a little empty as I was not going to see anyone from the team or Charlie for a long
It had been a busy but productive few weeks as we wrapped up the details for Charlie’s stop over. Now
it is over. At least we still have the blog
But there is one more part to the story.
The day after Charlie left, I was taking a needed rest when I received a frantic phone call from one of my
adult sons. His car had broken down on the freeway. I drove right away to assist him, because he does
not do well under stress and easily panics. I began praying that I would be calm in the panic….words
that Charlie had exhorted less than 48 hours earlier. I held my Rosary in my hands and encouraged my
son to say “Jesus I trust in you.” It was a challenge, but I told him we would take the next right step. To
make my story short, we experienced 3 miracles of consolation and rescue. They only meant something
to my son and I, but Our Mother came to our aid! Praised be Jesus!
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento
You might be considering attending and even helping arrange one of Charlie’s future visits. Let me
assure you of the joy of working with others to make the event come to pass. Let me assure you that
you will come away encouraged to hold tight to the love of your life: Jesus Christ. Times will get tough,
but God has a glorious plan that is just around the corner.
Praised be Jesus Christ!