Into the Desert

(I was shaken last week when Dr. Kelly Bowring launched his full frontal assault on Pope Francis and the legitimacy of the Church. I am not shaken because he did it: he has been plotting and scheming how to continue his assault on the Papacy of Pope Francis since he was embarrassed by being duped by the fraud that was Maria Divine Mercy (MDM). Instead of repenting of his error then, he has doubled down on blasphemy against the Church. I know that sounds harsh, but when you argue that Francis could be an anti-pope, you are not just criticizing Francis: you are arguing that the promises of Christ are invalid – and that you know better than Christ. That’s blasphemy. What I am shaken by is that he has finally launched what he has been telegraphing since giving himself a little distance from the MDM hoax. When the schism that tries to assassinate the character and legitimacy of our Holy Father, Francis, rises into view on the horizon, all that remains before the Storm enters its fullness is a short period of judgment – a period when each must decide whom they will serve. When Bowring’s European counterpoint, Antonio Socci, launches a similar frontal assault, all is in view. Then you must choose, by your actions, whether it is the world you will serve or Christ. Some have already chosen. Some think they can make a clever compromise. Woe unto thos who have chosen the world or to be clever when crash comes.

I will write about this at some length, but it is not coming easy. In the meantime, I think Bishop Rene Gracida has become the best compiler of serious, solid Catholic articles out there. This piece, written by a layman, brought tears to my eyes. I have many priests asking me what they can do to prepare their flocks for hard times. Here is a beginning.

Finally, our Sacramento Co-ordinator, Jeanne Condon, submitted this lovely piece on what the desert really means. It is elegantly conceived and elegantly written. Enjoy.

(Landscape With the Prophet Elijah in the Desert, by Abraham Bloemaert)

(Landscape With the Prophet Elijah in the Desert, by Abraham Bloemaert)

By Jeanne Condon

“So I will allure her;

I will lead her into the desert

And speak to her heart.

From there I will give her the vineyards she had,

And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.

She shall respond there as in the days of her youth,

When she came up from the land of Egypt.

She shall call me “My husband”,

And never again “My baal.”

Hosea 2:16-18

California is in a severe drought. Everyone in the United States knows this. How many people have lived through a drought?  This is the third and most entrenched drought that I have experienced.  Living through a drought makes certain words of Scripture come alive, like ‘desert’,  ‘parched’, ‘longing’, ‘living water’, ‘streams in the desert’. The list could go on for a while.

I pray for the return of rain. Of green yards and happy, satisfied trees. Of waterfalls and full lakes.  Many of us have forgotten the symphony of a rainstorm, rain drops pounding on the roof or splashing on sidewalks. There is dirt everywhere and the vegetation is dying that held back the dust in the wind.  People are painting their lawns green….. I know, ONLY in California. Tree branches are snapping off from thirst. We stopped watering our annuals. Only trees get watered and it just doesn’t reach their deep roots far enough.

Many are counting on and hoping for the meteorologists claims of El Nino, that Pacific Ocean condition that can bring powerful, even torrential rain to the West Coast this coming winter.  Even if all the signs for it are there, the mighty hand of God could send that rain elsewhere. I personally believe that until California repents of her many sins, the drought will not go away. I cannot understand why someone does not stand up and declare this!

California has become one large desert. There are still green areas, but do not let it deceive you. The coastal mountains are thirsty. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is dying for snow. Wild animals are making their way into communities to find water. Bears are swimming in pools. Animal specialists are putting large heavy duty pools with water up in the mountains for the wildlife.

I intensely dislike the desert. In my mind the desert is a place of suffering. There is unrelenting heat, and cold, dust, prickly cactus, lack of water, big spiders. Death seems to be all around in my vision of desert.

That is until I took Hosea 2:16-18 to my heart. In that Scripture selection, our beloved Lord, whispers to our hearts to come away from our sin and be purified. He will be there with us. He will not leave us.

I am not afraid of the desert anymore.

God led the Hebrews away from Egypt into a desert, not so much to get them out of Egypt, but to get Egypt out of the Hebrews. The Jewish people had spent so much time in Egypt that they adopted it’s ways and beliefs. God is leading us into the desert of purification so our sinful culture can be erased from our lives. There is much good in our world, but it is getting harder to find and more difficult to maintain in our families.

The other day I was meditating on all of this when the words “Yearn for it” came strongly into my head.  Yearn for what? The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Charlie says it will be like “Mayberry”. We will have to rebuild but the drought will be over and good, pure and holy life will be in our land again. People will love one another genuinely.

In the meantime, I mourn for the trees that must die. As soon as that sorrowful thought comes into my head, the Holy Spirit gently rebukes me, “you’re mourning over trees, when thousands of babies are murdered every day!” I repent. How can we not repent, especially now that we know the truth due to those horrifying videos put out by that courageous David.  He is fighting Goliath, Planned Parenthood.

Now it is September and I await the cooler air of Autumn in our state. I enjoy Fall so much. The colors, the smells, raking leaves, sweaters, soups and fresh bread. With the present catastrophic drought, this season might be very different this year and for the next couple of years, until God’s creation is restored, beginning with the hearts of mankind.

And so my brothers and sisters, YEARN FOR IT! We are in a desert for a time, but God has not abandoned us. Let our Lord speak to your heart and begin the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in there.

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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352 Responses to Into the Desert

  1. Vivi says:

    This is comforting!


  2. Amy says:

    I would like to ask for prayers for my family. I dont want to be selfish but I think our concerns are legitimate. My husband is scheduled to be out of town that entire week the Pope is here and that so many predict major problems. I have always feared that our family would be separated when major events unfolded so I need courage. I’m worried about various things and could go on and on but if you think of it, please send a shout out to the Lord for us. God bless this family of believers.


    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers that your trust will grow until it is rock solid, Amy.


    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Amy, I have prayed for you and your family. My husband and I live a distance from our loved ones, and each time I meditate on the fifth joyful mystery, I know that just as Mary and Joseph found Jesus at the temple after three days, we will each be doing The work of our Father when and where needed and will be reunited, I pray.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Amy, as I have said to another commenter about the prediction of collapse during the Pope’s visit, I believe that though there may indeed be “a” collapse, there are reasons to believe this is not a prediction of “the” Collapse that Charlie has discussed. If a collapse occurs during the Pope’s visit (and it is rightfully an “if” not a “when”), I suspect it will be more like a wake-up call for us all, not something so big that everyone gets locked in place immediately. In other words, there should be time to move.

      I have two friends who are in a similar situation, with the wife in Arizona and the husband traveling hundreds or thousands of miles away to a number of places around the US for the next several weeks.

      My counsel to them was to live their lives as circumstances warrant normally but to keep in close touch. Every night they consciously update their plan for getting together if things truly go south, which of course varies by the location he is in day by day. This is giving them some degree of relief from this stress. Perhaps you and your family could benefit from something similar.


      • Doug says:

        Yes. Even if there is an economic collapse in Sept, it’s not like everything instantly stops. It still takes time to progress. There will be some time to prepare.

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  3. LittleLight says:

    Hello Again, Charlie & All. Charlie I dearly hope you get some rest these next few days. I too, like many, are struggling with trepidation and TDL I just have to share with you all how God is providing. We almost did not get our chimney cleaned this year nor the septic pumped. But I felt, nope, I’m gonna trust and do what I normally do.

    Today the chimney people told us the oil flue (we have an oil and wood and use wood) liner was cracked half way down. One of the tiles was found in the clean out. The whole stack, both of them, are at the point of collapse. I guess the severe winter is the cause. They said they are seeing this with many of their customers. Carbon monoxide hazard, etc. They will be able to fix it shortly. They said if we had waited, we would probably have all died from poisoning. Also, they wouldn’t have been able to do the masonry work once the temp dives below 40F

    I feel such a sense of gratitude and wonder. God really does have everything in control. How dumb I have to doubt that. Be encouraged All!

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  4. Amy says:

    Thank you Charlie and jlynn!! I can always tell when I’ve been prayed for and this community never disappoints. I feel very much at peace now, come what may. I know I dont know the plan but He does and its my job to just be faithful and keep hoeing my row (to paraphrase St Francis).

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  5. CrewDog says:

    Could the “Great Schism” that many are fearful of be triggered by the Gay Mafia and their liberal enablers/supporters??!!?? … these are Strange Times and what we least expect might well bite us in the butt!!

    “Sacked gay priest launches assault on Catholic Church”


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