Church as the Family of God


By Charlie Johnston

I have been trying to write this for a month, but keep ending up unsatisfied with the result. So I have chosen to write it as a letter to all of you. I am going to miss some points, which I will have to revisit another time, but I need to open this discussion. So here goes:

Dear Friends,

During the brief three years of His public ministry, Jesus sparked a great revival of joyful hope in those who had lost hope in and around Jerusalem and the Middle East. He sparked hope even in the Gentiles, who were considered unclean heathens to be avoided by pious Jews. He sparked hope even in many Roman pagans, as witness the various soldiers and centurions who saw God in Him, when they had not seen it in Jewish authorities.

Our Lord did not accomplish this outbreak of joy and renewed hope by more clearly stating and enforcing the commandments and the law. Jewish authorities had been doing that quite effectively – in a way that led many to despair, not to renewed hope. Our Lord did not accomplish it by “baptizing” people’s disorder and calling it good. Pagan cults had long been doing that effectively, leading only to dissolution and despair.

Our Lord did not just teach mercy, nor did He only teach justice. He taught that both must strive together in tandem. He taught that justice is necessary for us to fully have life within us, and that mercy is necessary to fit us to the yoke of His Word.

I sometimes think of Jesus as a Great Physician, who came to a battered world and healed us, His brothers. He set up a great hospital and called us to do the same, to bring the healing power of His word to our brothers and neighbors. Now looking about much of that Divine Hospital, I see some who, out of a false mercy and pity, enable the very disorders which have brought the sick such misery in the first place. At the other extreme, I see impotent physicians who simply denounce the sick for being sick. So I ask myself, who is doing the healing? If you content yourself with enabling disorder through justification or  merely denouncing the sick for their misery, you may be doing work, but it is not God’s work. If you flatter yourself that you are more merciful than other men because you justify disorder, or more righteous than other men because you are quick to condemn those caught in disorder, you deceive yourself. You are not cooperating with God, but with the satan.

You must always temper your mercy with justice and your justice with mercy. If the way you give witness causes others to give up in despair or indulge even further their disorder, you are engaged in vanity, not righteousness. You have chosen a part of what the Lord commands, not the fullness of it.

I learned when I was yet a boy that some men are more deadly dangerous with a Bible in their hand than they would be with a pistol. I learned that some men can do great evil while only citing what is objectively good.

I have a family member who struggled for decades with addiction. At a time when he had already become a pretty good man, he told me during a visit that he was frustrated because he still sometimes stumbled. I told him that recovering from addiction is not like flipping a light switch from on to off, but a constant struggle – a real cross to bear. If we do it right, we steadily get more properly ordered, and the time comes when we succeed more often than we fail. If we keep getting up, in humility, and trying again with real resolve, we truly grow in goodness and grace – so neither indulge the addiction nor despair at the falls, but keep working in humility while asking the Lord to have mercy on me, a poor sinner.

If you are given to offering counsel to others the acid test is whether it sparks new hope in them and helps them to work to leave disorder behind. Many who are very sincere about learning the catechism and canon law still neglect learning the pastoral lesson of how to help those who are caught in a deeply entrenched disorder. Sadly, I have never heard any amateur canon lawyer discuss the pastoral issues of mitigation and diminished capacity, and how to steadily lead those in disorder onto the path of recovery without causing them to give up in despair. It is always the fruit that counts: does the way you give counsel lead people to deeper disorder or into despair, or does it inspire in them a resolve to go through the struggles to find their way to fullness of life, no matter how hard or how long it takes?

These things are very important now, for I have seen – long before I started writing about it publicly – that a time would come where confusion so reigned that the very best of men would have their minds clouded over, that they would do things they never imagined they could. Some will gain a real humility from this failure, but others, who are caught up in the vanity of thinking they know perfectly and are not weak like other men, will fall into complete despair. The chop of the waves around us in these early stages of the fullness of the Storm is going to get much worse before it gets better. That time I foresaw is upon us. Every single one of us is going to be shaken.

Colossians 3:13 must be our watchword in these times. We must bear with one another, forgiving each other and holding each other up as the Lord has forgiven each of us. Truly, each of us shall soon be judged and tried by the same standards with which we have held others. Mercy, holding fast to the truth, is mercy we will each need. Do not squander the mercy you will need…for the Lord works different than the world: the more you give, the more you receive.

I have cringed sometimes at comments made by the Pope. I have often cringed even more at the clarifications that come from the Vatican. But I keep my eye on first things. Casual comments, no matter how provocative, are not formal teaching. I have been struck, at times, by how clumsy Pope Francis seems on temporal matters – and yet how breathtakingly solid and orthodox he is on formal teaching. Over the millennia, we have had popes who actually wrote heresy while sitting as pope – yet none taught heresy in formal teaching. We have had Popes who sired children while sitting on the Throne of Peter. We have had Popes who sold off high Church offices for profit. Yet Christ’s promise that He will protect His Church from error has never been broken.

Personally, I think something very deep is going on. Pope Francis is going out to all the world, going out to the peripheries. I can’t help but notice how many people who were completely disaffected from faith and Church he has caused to consider anew the claims of the Catholic Church, even when I am cringing. You do not have to agree with that assessment to trust that Christ will not fail in His promise to protect His Holy Church.

I think it is good that the Pope and the Bishops should hear the fears and complaints of the faithful – provided those fears and complaints are voiced lovingly and respectfully by devoted sons and daughters of the Church. Let your complaints and criticisms be directed to reform of the great structure, not its destruction, for if you dash yourself in fury against the cornerstone which Christ laid, it is you who will be crushed.

What is certain is that we are at sea in a great storm, so we must all pull together lest we capsize. Let us bear with one another, building each other up even when someone says or does something offensive. It is a sad truth that when people need love and charity most, it is at a time when they are usually the most unlovable. Let us remember Genesis 9. When Ham saw his father, Noah’s nakedness, after a drunken debauch, he exposed it to his two brothers, Shem and Japheth. Those brothers chose to respectfully cover their Father’s nakedness. The Lord condemned Ham and blessed Shem and Japheth. Let us remember this before getting too eager to expose each other’s nakedness. Let us cover each other and pull through this terrible Storm unfolding around us. There will be time enough for recriminations later.

That is why I so want people to start thinking of Church as the Family of God. A healthy family does not tear each other down, even when one has fallen into disorder. Rather, a healthy family will sacrifice much to build each other up and to support, without enabling, those who have fallen into disorder. Too often, much of the laity has seen themselves as mere recipients of the Sacraments. Much of the clergy has come to see themselves merely as Divine Bureaucrats who dispense the Sacraments. In many cases, the clergy has no choice, because their flocks do not see themselves as partners in faith, but just receive and are done with it. So the clergy has not the support it needs to truly build a Family of God. Our love has grown cold.

It is why I am so focused on seeing Eucharistic and Marian Processions spring up like dandelions after a warm, spring rain. It is a way of proclaiming our faith boldly, of lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness in these stormy times. It calls for the intimate collaboration of the clergy and the laity to make it work well. In the process, our clergy and laity will find the filial devotion that should exist between them spring forth anew. We will be the Family of God, calling on our two great pillars, Christ in the Eucharist and Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, together.

While I certainly expect to do some traveling this year, I do not expect to do an extended tour like last year. There is other work I must prepare for. Besides, if I did, it would be counter-productive. Last year, as the marginalization and hostile targeting of Christians became more apparent, I knew many would feel oppressed and isolated. The primary purpose of my visits was so that people could see that they were not alone, that committed Christians were abundant right in their hometowns. I am grateful that my visits seemed to spark some new hope in many corners of America. But this year, I want you to do the same in each of your home areas, by collaborating with your spiritual leaders, the clergy, to publicly proclaim your faith through these Processions, giving witness to our Glorious Lord while knitting together the bonds of affection and faith in the Family of God.

I am now in contact with literally hundreds of Priest, Deacons and Pastors. They are ready to lead, but need to know that their flocks will stand with them. The witness of so many from last year’s visits and on this website demonstrate that much of the laity is ready to stand in filial devotion to their Pastors and Bishops. So do it. Keep it simple. Keep it so that even the fellow who has not been to Church in a decade but worries about how crazy the world has already become, will say, “I can do this…and I am going to do this.” Fall in love with each other as the Family of God and you will fall in love with Our Lord and Our Lady anew – and will bring many who had lost hope to find it anew in your public witness.

I will give you support by developing, through the tnrs team, a calendar of upcoming Processions – and then a section with pictures from the Processions and witness of some who participated in it. I have spoken with Dan Lynch, who has much experience in organizing processions about helping you. Anthony Mullen is contemplating extensive travel this year, and he may be a profound devotional resource, as well. This is not the ‘Charlie Show;’ it is the ‘Jesus and Mary Show.’ I helped spark a little renewed fervor last year, now I call on you to do the same in your home diocese.  May these Processions spring up around the world that all may see that the Family of God is alive and vibrant – and filled with joy and confidence.

On Saturday, March 5, my Archbishop Samuel Aquila will lead a Procession around Planned Parenthood in Stapleton, Colorado. He emphasizes that there is to be no arguing or shouting, only prayerful witness, as all process around the facility seven times. I hope that many of you will come out. Many of us are quick to criticize our spiritual leaders when they don’t say or do what we prefer. I pray that support for this inspired, pastoral and spiritual witness brings out a host of supporters. If it does, you should know that it will be an inspiration to many Bishops, Pastors and faith communities around the country and the world. Let this be the first dandelion in a vast field of them, a harbinger of what will rise. The Archdiocese of Denver will update the itinerary as we get closer.

I would like to close with this thought, a phrase I wrote on the spot about a year ago, but that I have come to think was deeply inspired:

“As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published , the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built-though if you do those things they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered,  the love you kindled- for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom of God. All else is detail.”

Let us rise together as the Family of God.

Ave Maria, Stella Maris!




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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391 Responses to Church as the Family of God

  1. Blessings, last year the Pittsburgh school board had voted to
    bring PPOA into the city middle schools, we did the Jericho
    walk 7 times around the school board building praying the
    Rosary, as we processed with the Fatima statute of Mary. Meantime
    as the board met, our speakers addressed the board with states and counter
    arguments why this was a bad idea. A week later we received news the
    Planned Parenthood contract was canceled. Difference being, our diocese
    refused to respond to my request for help. I was totally dependent on
    Our Lady! She did not let us down…Deacon Toby

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    • charliej373 says:

      God bless you, Deacon Toby. I am so pleased that here in Denver our Archbishop is leading the charge, not slinking away from it.

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    • narnialion says:

      Deacon Toby,
      I live North of Pittsburgh and would like to be involved in planning a procession for our city. If you want contact me on the NRS forum (on the sidebar).


    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Bless you Deacon for diligently doing your part!! ❤

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    • Beckita says:

      Wow, Deacon Toby! Ave Maria!


      • radiclaudio says:

        Hi Deacon. I live in PGH too (Oakmont, but worship at the Cathedral and Oratory mostly). I would love to meet you (and narnialion too) and help in any way possible. I know the dear holy woman that runs our region’s 40 days forlife follows Charlie too. let’s get all the NRS ers in our region together for Adoration, Mass and a meal to start forming community and seeing how we are being called through this community to Do Love trust for God in our area!

        Let me know how to join the sidebar and I will patch in.


        PS, I have had the darnest time commenting over the last 6 weeks. I type my comments and responses and NONE made it through. At first it was odd, then frustrating, then comical. I am praying to my Guardian Angel that this one makes it through. If it does hello Charlie, Bishop R, Deacon Terry and my entire RNS family. Despite apparently entering fully into my dotage regarding the internet, you all remain in my daily prayers, and are remembered at Masses and in small sacrifices.

        With deepest love and affection


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  2. Beckita says:

    Special Greetings of Joy, Everyone!

    We, Lisa (Full of Grace Supply House) and Mary (Charlie’s volunteer assistant/scheduler) as well as Beckita, Doug, EllenChris, Jlynn, Lambzie, Mick and SteveBC (the TNRS Answers Team), invite each and every one of you to our Surprise Online Birthday Party for Charlie who will be 60 tomorrow, February 26th!!!

    Since vigils are a time of great celebration in the Church, it seemed fitting to get this party going this evening. Please join in the celebration with your personal comments to Charlie. We encourage you to *briefly* share how Charlie and his work have impacted your life and we extend a special invitation to those readers who may not have commented before or who prefer to usually participate by simply reading. Come, One and All, to join in the birthday fun!

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    • jlynnbyrd says:

      Charlie you have brought such joy and hope, calm and surrender into many lives with your fiat and the charming way you allow Our Heavenly Father’s incredible love, grace, blessings, and mercies to be felt, understood, and appreciated. You are the Patriarch of our growing TNRS family of love and faith of which I am a grateful member. I pray that we will gather in your 61st year at Mt. Meeker to express our love and joy for your selfless sacrifices.
      Until then, we pray, Heavenly Father, please renew Charlie’s strength and bless him, on his birthday and in in the coming year. Dear Lord, please protect Charlie as he continues along the path you’ve chosen for him. Give him the courage to spread your light, and your love wherever he goes. Guard him from harm and protect him from illness and sadness. Guide his steps as he prepares and heartens your sons and daughters for the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
      Bless our dear Sherpa Charlie on his 60th birthday, and in the future. Cover him with the warmth of the love and affection of family and friends, both near and far and with the prayers and intercessions of beloved living and deceased communion of saints. In your name we pray, Amen.

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    • Kim sevier says:

      Happy birthday, dear Charlie, happy birthday to you! I was drawn to you because your words resonated with truth and confirmed what I had been feeling. You have fashioned a unique and beautiful, supportive community here to promote spiritual growth amid crazy turmoil. Thank you and God bless!

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    • dolordee says:

      Happy birthday Charlie. There’s just so much to say. You’ve brought peace to my life. You’ve created a family here that I can come to each day, and feel a part of. I never thought it possible , but the one day that I lost my internet, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. That’s how important you and the family are. You’ve brought peace, love, hope, and the all important “the next right step”. May God bless you abundantly on your birthday as it was a gift to us all. And most importantly the day my internet was down, was the day I really learned how to TRUST in Jesus and He got me through it and made everything alright the next day. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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    • SteveBC says:

      Awesome, Beckita. 😀

      Let me add my own Birthday wishes for you, Charlie. May you find the coming year to be surprising and surprisingly good. And may you have many more Happy Birthdays to come.

      Just briefly, let me mention a couple of ways you have affected my life.

      First, in pursuing your mission, you have given me a different perspective on all the stuff that falls under the rubric of “these things must come,” one that has given me hope, one that enables me to see what is happening to the world in a positive way when I otherwise might despair, and one that allows for the possibility of rescue. The shore may not be visible at the moment, but I know it is near, thanks to you. I’ve seen you provide the same light and hope to many, many others.

      Second, you have added to my life a set of tasks that have eaten a lot of my time (ha! 🙂 ) but in ways I have come to appreciate. Your trust of the TNRS Answers team members, including me, has warmed my heart. The opportunity to help you move your mission forward and to work with the other team members has taught me much and given me an opportunity to contribute to this rich community.

      My future life will forever be different – and better! – because of you. Thank you.

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      • Peggy C says:

        Happy Birthday, Charlie! I have been reading your posts sporadically for a couple years and lately have been reading them a bit more regularly. Your posts have inspired me, guided me, humbled me and also let me know that there are other people who have faith in ways similar to mine – and that perhaps this active faith does not necessarily mean I’m crazy. Or maybe we all are! Well, if I am – and we all are – it’s a nice group to be connected with. Thank you for all you do and for bringing us all together. May the Lord bless you with a really cool surprise today in celebration of your birth!

        On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 2:04 AM, The Next Right Step wrote:

        > SteveBC commented: “Awesome, Beckita. 😀 Let me add my own Birthday > wishes for you, Charlie. May you find the coming year to be surprising and > surprisingly good. And may you have many more Happy Birthdays to come. Just > briefly, let me mention a couple of ways you h” >

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    • Petra says:

      In these very early morning hours just before I’m about to call it a day (night?) I saw on my last scan of the site that today is your birthday Charlie. May you have a most blessed and joyous day, and may you find joy in God your Savior.

      As I myself grow older I begin to see the wisdom and meaning of many words and phrases I heard as a kid, and understood to a degree, but now, as I have lived some life, now they take on new meaning. One of these is Pilgrim Church on Earth. But what is a pilgrim? Here’s the dictionary definition: a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion, or a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.

      As we travel this time on Earth together with you as the host of this blog, hurling through space, spinning at 1000 miles per hour around the axis of the Earth, traveling around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour, and around the center of the galaxy at about 490,000 miles per hour, and toward the Great Attractor (not God, but a giant mass that is 100 quadrillion times greater than our sun) at about 2,237,000 mph, we stop for a moment to say thank you for being a pilgrim with us on Earth to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. You have told us God has a plan, and He will rescue us from the Storm. Thanks for doing your job.

      God bless: your mom and dad who together with God brought you into existence; your teachers and mentors who helped you become who you were destined by God to be; and your entire family that forms the network of support that helps you to stay grounded in who God wants you to be.

      God bless you today, Charlie. God bless you. Happy birthday.

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    • Doug says:

      Woo hoo! Party time for Charlie!

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    • radiclaudio says:

      HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS Charlie. May God grant you His every grace, His every joy, His every mercy, and His every love, especially His every love.

      I found your website a month or so after it launch a few years back. I believe the Holy Spirit lead me to you. At that time we were a small family full of God’s promise. (and you reply to most every comment-lol). Now we are a huge and rapidly growing family even more full of God’s promise. The fruits of your work are being blessed by God, for and through us all. I can say through coming to know you these last 3 years you have measurably brought me deeper into the mystery of and in relationship with our Triune God, in a simple joyful way. The fruits of this include my deepening love of Mass, prayer, Rosary, DMC, Reconciliation, Adoration, Scripture and joyful service. I was a road wary (c)hristian trying to do only big thongs for God (really for me) i was trying to do all the heavy lifting myself and FAILING. Now I’m a joyful (C)hristian traveler enjoying the trip and relishing the many hidden opportunites to spread Christ’s good news in the small but impactful ways of life right in front of me.

      Simply, you have helped me to know and love Christ more deeply and geniunely. Thank you and thank God for sending you to us. May Our Queen and Mother, Mary, wrap you tightly in Her perfect Mantel of love ALWAYS.


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    • Barb Watry says:

      Happy Birthday Charlie! I thank the Lord that I found and started following your site almost 2 years ago. Your words of encouragement and admonishment to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope are a sign of hope for all of us. God bless you and all those who help and direct you. Thank you for all your prayers, when I have requested them.

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    • Another Karen says:

      Happy Birthday, Charlie! Also, thanks to all of you who created this opportunity for a well deserved tribute!
      Charlie, I can not imagine what this last year and a half or so since I found you here would have been like for me without your calm, reassuring wisdom and the wonderful, every growing supportive family you have cultivated to keep me grounded. I am an anxious sort anyway (an understatement – more like a walking advertisement for anti-anxiety medication!), and all of what is happening inside the Church, in my own world, and in the secular world would have probably sent me spiraling downward to the throws of despair had I not so firmly believed in the need for the storm and our part in the rescue as explained by you. I always pray that my faith and trust in God will be stronger than my doubts in myself, for I am definitely my own worst enemy, and these times have tried my resolve. I will persevere though, however clumsily, and try to always take the next right step to the best of my ability. Meeting others this past summer who also have found their way here was the icing on the cake for me, as I began to realize that I was not alone in my feelings that the storm was upon us. We are here as part of the rescue as I now believe, and I am not crazy in the way that I have felt for the past several years about the storm (well, maybe not as crazy, anyway!).
      Could you have ever imagined that you would have been here, now on your 60th birthday with this kind of following? Your Trust, Do, Love has been responsible, and inspiring to us to do the same. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and…..
      Happy 60th birthday!!!!

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    • LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

      Happy Day to you Charlie! Thank You Lord for working through our Charlie to calm us, rally us, educate us, connect us, have fun with us, bond with us, learn with us, pray with us, share in sorrow with us, and share in joy with us, to lead us. This community is such a blessing, Charlie you are such a blessing. I ask the Lord and His Momma to send their Love, by your Guardian Angel send blessings and joy to you today, and to strengthen your light of His Love this year and always.
      Birthdays are a great day to remember to stop, and say thank you, so Charlie, on behalf of my family, which has grown in surrender to Our Lady and Our Lord, THANK YOU!

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    • luvmercy5775 says:

      May the Lord bless you and keep you in all His ways — on your birthday and throughout the coming year. And may you continue to be a blessing to others. Best yet, I do believe you’ve entered the youth of old age! 🙂

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    • Happy belated Birthday! I had a good friend today tell me after mass that they had been following Charlie for a long time and were shocked (not sure why) when they discovered my interest as well. God bless you and may you continue to love God’s people for another year.

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  3. Beckita says:

    Thanks be to God for creating you, Charlie, and for fashioning the wonder of who you are! I continually give thanks to Him for you because you have been His instrument of bringing me sanity and a deep, abiding peace at a very troubled time in our world. Because of what you have fostered on this site, I have experienced conversion graces flowing from you and from the many who comment. By God’s Grace, you have formed a family here, nestled in the bosom of the Church, striving to acknowledge God, take right steps and be Christ’s Light and Hope in a weary world aching for His Love and Mercy. It’s why I like to think of this site as a Symphony of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Happy Birthday, Charlie! Love and Prayers always!

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    • Doug says:

      Charlie, I am actually sitting in the same spot in Newark Airport when I first started seriously blogging here last May. How ironic. You did it. You sucked me in with all your spiritual wisdom and insite. Now I spend copious amounts of time reading and posting, but it is a joy for a worthy cause. And all this because I set my shed lock combination to 373 which is how I remembered your Web site.

      Lambzie stood on the side lines until she heard your talk in Medford, Mass. It did not take much for her to get on board. I am also extremely greatful since I have a wife who is completely on the same page. It is such a gift to share the same vision and mission with the one you love most dearly. And now one of my daughters is on board.

      In addition, you have influenced the coming together of a group in our community that is actively participating in taking the Next Right Step.

      Thank you for the joy in being able to participate in what may be the greatest drama in history of our world only next to when Jesus was actively walking here. This is probably one of the greatest times to be alive and participate. I also feel like I have a front row seat. Dear Lambzie and I are ready to charge into battle and sleigh evil with love and kindness by Acknowledging God, Taking the Next Right Step and being a sign of hope to others. What greater way to live than to be a sign of love and hope to others. We have much to thank you for this

      Now, I dont envy you having to stay up all day and night to read all the birthday wishes. We love you Charlie! ☺

      Lastly, how can anyone resist your disarming gentle loving charm. You are a gift to us and we are greatful to your fiat.

      GOD BLESS YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY (I hope I did not yell too load for your over 60 ears)!!!

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      • Another Karen says:

        You and Jacki as a couple are an inspiration, and you will make a GREAT Deacon with her by your side! And now to have your daughter on board – how wonderful. Safe travels!

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        • Doug says:

          Karen, you are too kind. I know I could not do it without Lambzie and without her being on board. We are so much a team. Well, made it to CA and already was able to have some conversation with our daughter. She is a nurse and has to work today. So Jacki and I will spend the day with our son in law and the two girls. Her husband aspires to be a deacon too. I feel like I won the lottery with them. It brings me and Lambzie so much joy to watch them live their faith and raise their family. It is the way it was meant to be. I must increase prayers for our other two kids, one who has walked away from the faith (Jenn’s identical twins sister) and the other (our son) who is somewhat like warm. We would still love if you could join our storm dinner some time. Maybe when it gets warmer, we can figure a way to get you here. God bless you Karen!

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          • Another Karen says:

            God bless you and your family as well, Doug! We shall meet again! So nice that you are able to spend this time with your daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. As an aside, my daughter is also ‘Jenn’ with two n’s, which is not the usual spelling. My Jenn is a devout Catholic who does love God (and not afraid to show it), but does not buy into the idea of the storm at this time. She did meet me at the hotel in Medford the night of Charlie’s talk as she lives nearby, but I could not get her to come in to hear his talk. Maybe someday. I have had to put that in God’s hands and his time, and she knows we are here for her one way or the other. My son is maybe more of a casual Catholic, and I ask for St. Monica’s and St. Augustine’s intercession on his behalf daily. After his doing two tours in Afghanistan, I have learned to accept that things are according to God’s plan (his being in the Army was definitely not my plan!). Eternal salvation for us all is the #1 goal, so that’s the main crux of my prayers always! With both children, my lesson is patience and trust in God, and accepting his will for them. It is always the hardest of lessons for me still, but I will continue to try my best! I keep in mind Charlie’s words that God will not leave us bereft, words that I find very comforting. Meanwhile, like you, I keep praying!
            Enjoy the rest of your trip, and safe travels home – it will hopefully be spring like when you return from CA!

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          • Doug says:

            Hi Karen, beautifully stated. Lambzie and I are traveling home now. We had a wonderful visit and we’re able to talk more about the storm with our Jenn. So nice we both have Jenns with two n’s that live their faith. I think you will be ok with your Jenn when the storm picks up. It will be obvious when the fury hits and since she has her own sincere faith, she will be ok. I surmise you already realize this. God less you!

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  4. Cindy Baca says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie, still have 1 bead on my Rosary, everyday for you and your squirrels
    Enjoy your day. Have a blessed day

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  5. Mary T. says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie!
    You are so blessed from above and right here on earth. You have helped clear a path and reawaken those whose faith has been asleep for awhile. I am sure you have brought many back to the arms of Jesus and his Church and all the while have strengthened the already strong in faith.
    I so look forward to each of your posts. Thank you for being here for all of us because we all need your humble (and good humored) guidance in this very mixed up world we live in. May you have many more Happy and Blessed Birthdays Charlie!

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  6. Charles Walther says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY – CHARLIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all you have done by cooperating with God’s call to you. His call is to you specifically but always is a call to help others through the graces He has given you and that you have done with Love. Thank you for the family you have brought into your mission. Thank you for Acknowledging God, Taking the next right step, aqnd being a ” Sign of Hope” to all of us,your Family! Love and Prayers, Charles

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  7. Mick says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE!!! (Yes, I’m yelling, so you can hear me all the way in Denver). Thank you for saying “yes” to God’s call. Thank you for putting up with all of us slow, dippy little squirrels. Thanks for helping me go from being a control-freak spaz about the Storm, to being less of a control-freak spaz about the Storm. And thanks for showing me the necessity of T-D-L. God bless you in a huge way today, dear Sherpa.

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  8. sara huerta says:

    I have enjoyed your writing. I’m curious thou about the Pope..Apparently he recently called Emma Bonino one of the forgotten greats of Italy…she is known as a feminist and liberal and pro abortion..I understand and support the Pope with dialogue and hopes of conversion but if that isn’t the case…I feel saddened for this Pope and all of the confusion …I find myself defending and clarifying the church and I hope and pray that all of this confusion doesn’t cause people to fall away or tempt people into lukewarm ideals


  9. Paula N Z says:

    Happy Birthday to you Charlie, may God keep you in good health for many more years. I always try to keep up to date with what you are saying to us, also I keep you in prayer for your important work. Thank you.

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    • Phillip Frank says:

      Happy Birthday to you Charlie.
      For your present, I will mention your name to the Lord at mass during the elevation of the Eucharist.
      As for your gift to me, you have inspired in me that “different view” technique you seem to have a knack for. You come at problems, ideas and issues from another direction than most people and it has inspired me to think “outside the box” into a larger world/spiritual view.
      Like you, I have know about the storm coming for a long time, but not from a personal angel, but from common sense, spiritual reading, study and the lives of the saints and holy men and women who too have been warning us about this for a long time. But through all of this, you have been the only one whom I have had a personal relationship with through this blog and by making yourself available and vulnerable here, you have been the most Christ-like to me because of it!
      God Bless you!

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  10. AK Blue butterfly says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie from Alaska!!
    I say hi to more strangers then I ever have, I smile at strangers more than I ever have, I pause and think how can I bring hope to those I’m in contact with more, I run a engineering company and when it comes to collecting overdue payments I give it to God more than I ever have, I trust in God for each new job instead of stressing about unpaid invoices or the forced networking I have given the whole company to God the companies success is His will not mine, attend daily mass, attend holy hour daily as much as possible, I forgive more and judge less, I pray a rosary and divine mercy chaplet daily with my family, I say yes more to others needs and church volunteering then I ever have, I say yes to coordinating needs of the church more than ever before…. The list goes on and on but Charlie your message as changed me and my husband more than I can put into words through this message space.. Charlie my husband filled out all the paperwork to become a deacon and we are waiting to hear the next steps to take!!! Praise God!!! our lives are changed thank you!!! Bless you!!! we are prayer warriors and we like to think we are part of your prayer warrior team. Thank you Charlie for your message of hope. We have changed and we are continually changing for the better for God!!!!!

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

    Happy birthday, Charlie!

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  12. totustous says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie !!! Thank you for patiently and continually encouraging all here to “put God first, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us”. This is my mantra along with “Praise you Jesus, love You Jesus, thank You Jesus, I love You Jesus, have Mercy Jesus”. coming to TNRS site every day has helped me along with the beautiful “Jesus I surrender to You, take care of everything ” novena from the amazing Fr Dolindo. Keep up the great work everyone here, it is sooo very much appreciated, all the way from “down under”

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  13. Susan says:

    🎉Happy and Blessed Birthday Charlie! 🎉 You’ll never know the peace and blessings I have received from being a quiet member of your “family”. Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do. May the Good Lord pour out abundant graces on you today!


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  14. janet333 says:

    Dear Charlie….thank you for being you. 🙂 And thank you Jesus for bringing Charlie into my life.

    In the past I have had my “ears tickled” by false prophets all spouting the same old lies, so what a relief to find someone who doesn’t tickle our ears. I’ve also been moved by the love of God in the lives of people in this site. I needed this fellowship..even if I sometimes struggle with American humour..haha I’m getting there folks. 🙂

    So Charlie thank you for your words of wisdom that I find so comforting. There are no added ‘frills’ just plain old common sense. TNRS and trust in God….and love those who will need our help as the storm escalates.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE….Looking forward to your 62nd BIRTHDAY 😉

    God Bless You

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  15. Rick says:

    Happy birthday, Charlie, and thank you for your tireless efforts in guiding growing numbers of the faithful through this strengthening storm. As the humble servant of God you are, I have no doubt that you won’t let all these wonderful and loving comments go to your head. 😉

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  16. the phoenix says:

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! Praying for you on your birthday. Thank you for defending the Faith, heartening the faithful, and defending the faithful!

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  17. RJW says:

    Happy Birthday and may Heaven continue to bless you Charlie. You have given me fresh batteries for my torch of faith and a community of compassionate brothers and sisters who strengthen each other so we are safe and spiritually nourished on this journey together.

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  18. Robert Cunningham says:

    Happy B-Day Charlie. I respect those who practice what they preach. I respect you and am glad to call you a friend


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  19. Anne says:

    Chief Squirrell….. Happy birthday……and many more. May God continue to help you in all you do.
    And the people of the Kingdom. And the people of heaven…….

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  20. Ann Gray says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie! May God bless you in special and surprising ways this year. Thank you for sharing with all of us the message of acknowledging God, being a sign of hope to others, and taking the next right step!

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  21. LukeMichael says:

    Charlie, Happy Birthday!

    Thank you so much for bringing me this new family and expanding my prayer life. I love the prayer of Miraculous Trust. It has really helped me surrender to God. I look forward to meeting you.

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  22. narnialion says:

    Happy Birthday dear Charlie!
    I have learned so much from you, esp. about God’s extraordinary, incredible, fascinating, mysterious LOVE for me and all the people around me I never even really looked at. We are all God’s children and He has a PLAN. You have given me HEART !!! Thank you for being Sherpa and being kind. Love, Narnia

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  23. Nance says:

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! You have given me welcome parameters to my once frantic prepping. We are blessed to have you.

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  24. James Ignatius McAuley says:

    Folks, Processions have been an ancient battle weapon of the Church. They are one of its most useful tools, so to speak in evangelization and revitalization. This fact was understood by the great Reginald Cardinal Pole during the time of Queen Mary Tudor. Processions galore, processions everywhere, making it harder for Elizabeth to eradicate Catholicism in England.

    St. Charles Borremeo, the great reforming bishop who put the decrees of the Council of Trent into effect, was a great fan of procession and actively participated in them. St. John Bosco loved processions for all of his boys could be involved. It is often said that Patrick’s missionary journey’s through Ireland often resembled one long religious procession!

    So, with that in mind, there is an art to processions. There are two books that laymen can obtain and supply to their priests, if need be. The first is the classic by the late Philip T. Weller, titled: The Roman Ritual Sacraments and Processions, published by Preserving Christian Publications. It is in Latin and English, and has some f the best practical commentary on how to do a procession. It is what my parish priest used when I was a child. The other, more modern one is Ceremonies of the Liturgical year by Bishop Peter Elliot, published by Ignatius Press. It is all in English.

    So, I encourage you to participate and encourage processions. The more, the merrier and they come across as a spiritual army that causes demons to flee – look at the Deacon Toby’s story for proof!

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  25. jayman92 says:

    Happy birthday, Charlie!

    I can track my presence here from stumbling upon the Spirit Daily web site, which led me to Mark Mallett’s blog. I had been very down and pessimistic about the direction of the world and worried about my family in the difficult times ahead. One of MM’s blog posts instructed readers to look to Jesus for wisdom in these times. I prayed the entire summer for wisdom on how to prepare and protect my loved ones. Toward the end of summer, two things happened: I attended a wonderful men’s retreat and Googled the name “Charlie Johnston” which had come up in Mark Mallett’s blog. Now I’m hopeful for the future and have never been more enthusiastic about my relationship with Christ… and you have all been stuck with me since.

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  26. Kathy says:

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! Everyone else has already expressed my thoughts so much more eloquently than I could, so I’ll just say: “Ditto!” You have brought hope and peace into my life, in the midst of the downward spiral of events in the world and in the United States. Thank you! May God richly bless you.

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  27. diane says:

    Happy Birthday to you Charlie, have a blessed day in the Lord and may the angels in Heaven have a party for you. Thank you for bring us all together. Love. I do.

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  28. Sandy says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie! You, and the family you have built here, put oil in my lamp. Thank you and God Bless you!

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  29. theresa323 says:

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to you.
    May the Dear Lord Bless you and the Blessed Mother too, Happy Birthday Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you.
    The Good sisters of St. Francis taught this to the class, many years ago…… I am singing this as I type, just reading it does not do it justice..

    Today I will remember you in my prayers at Adoration.

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  30. Kathleen says:

    A beautiful letter Charlie!

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  31. MarieUrsula says:

    Your parents said, “Yes!” while you were still God’s dream. You said, “Yes!” to God when you were still a child ~ and you’ve had to keep saying it all along. A great number of simple souls have said, “Yes!” by stumbling across this blog and then taking it to heart as members of this communion. Conception ~ gestation ~ birth ~ life ~ new life . . . .

    Happy Birthday, Charlie ~ and thanks.

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  32. Sally says:

    Happy Birthday May Our Sweet and Merciful Lord Jesus, through Our Mother Mary, Bless You !

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  33. El ingeniero de Tepeyac says:

    Happy birthday/ Feliz cumpleaños

    With a special song from Pedro Infante

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    • Petra says:

      Wow, ingeniero, thank you for sharing this! I took Spanish in school, but don’t understand it well enough to understand it upon hearing, but I just loved the sound of this song, so I looked up the lyrics and here they are in English:

      “This is the morning song that King David used to sing.
      Today being the day of your saint, we sing it to you.

      This is the morning song that King David used to sing.
      Today being the day of your saint, we sing it to you.
      Wake up my dearest, wake up, see now that the day has dawned
      the sparrows are singing, the moon has finally set.

      How lovely is this morning, when I come to greet you
      we all come with joy and pleasure to congratulate you.
      The very day you were born all the flowers first bloomed
      and in the baptismal font all the nightingales sang.

      The dawn has come my darling, and the sunlight is here for us.
      Rise up and shine with the morning and you’ll see that here’s the dawn.”

      You’ll see that here’s the dawn…..
      How blessed!
      God bless.

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    • Robert Cunningham says:


      Después de casi tres décadas de cantar las mananitas en cada cumpleaños o 12 de diciembre, finalmente entiendo que tiene que ver el Rey David con el cumpleaños de alguien gracias a Petra. Se me hace que esa canción es solo de Mexico porque nunca he oído en otras partes de Latinoamerica. Que gracioso. Me encanta

      Robert (El Licenciado de Texas)


  34. Daphne says:

    Happy birthday, Charlie! Thank you for confirming what I sensed regarding the times we are in as well as providing hope. Thanks also for the TNRS message to
    hat help provide concrete steps we can take that not only give us hope but also allow us to participate in spreading that hope to others during these times when it is so desperately needed.

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  35. How has Charlie and his work impacted my life, you ask?… Immensely!

    I’m still in training, but because of our great Sherpa/Professor, I TRY to:
    Love deeper
    Worry less
    Trust more
    Judge mercifully
    Forgive always
    Embrace good
    Dump bad
    Ditch vanity
    Empty self
    Pray more
    And be grateful…

    I’m certainly grateful for Charlie and this wonderful family.

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  36. Sophia Maria says:

    Happy Birthday Charlie!
    You have been a blessing in my life and changed the direction it was heading by 180 degrees… both in thought and in actions. For me (and it seems for many others), while we are wishing you a Happy Birthday and another year of life …. it is also a reminder of the Blessing we have received from God for creating you, and sustaining you. Each birthday is a reminder of that Blessing.

    A true friend is one who unselfishly gives of themselves. Thank you for the opportunity to experience that from you.


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  37. Pascalou says:

    Joyeux Anniversaire , que le Seigneur vous comble de ses bénédictions Je lis régulièrement depuis la France ( je peux comprendre l’essentiel mais n’écris pas l’anglais) . Je rends grâce à Dieu pour tout ce que j’ai reçu et que je reçois par ce site, et avant tout une plus grande confiance en Dieu en toutes circonstances, en son dessein de miséricorde pour tous ses enfants, le message TRUST DO LOVE, et la joie de me sentir tout particulièrement unie avec des frères et des sœurs du monde entier…

    Ces jours ci j’étais à Paris et dans la chapelle où la Vierge Marie est apparue à Ste Catherine pour lui donner la médaille miraculeuse, j’ai tout spécialement prié pour vous et pour toute la famille

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  38. ryusi says:

    Charlie, you have encouraged us to have Eucharistic and Marian Processions. I’d like to offer the following videos and descriptions of a Eucharistic Procession that had a powerful impact. Perhaps it will be an encouragement to others. The Priest, Fr. Clancy, who initiated the procession had no idea if anyone would even come.
    Published on May 13, 2014
    CAMBRIDGE, MA (May 12, 2014) – A Eucharistic procession from the Catholic chapel at MIT was followed by a Holy Hour of Adoration and Benediction at St. Paul Parish, the home parish of the Harvard Catholic Student Association. The Holy Hour was scheduled in response to a planned Satanic black mass to be held at the same time by a student club on the campus of Harvard University. The Holy Hour was attended by about 2,000 people, including Harvard president Drew Faust. The black mass was canceled.
    George Martell – Pilot New Media 2014

    The Eucharistic Procession is shown in the videos below. The Priest Fr. Clancy, who led the procession, shared later that he felt the power of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as they were processing. He said it was like that power the soldiers felt when they came to arrest Jesus.
    John 18:4-6
    Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?”
    They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.”* He said to them, “I AM.” Judas his betrayer was also with them.
    When he said to them, “I AM,” they turned away and fell to the ground.

    Fr. Clancy further shared that some bystanders at the Procession were snickering and giggling. Then suddenly they knelt down amazed and in awe. He thinks that they also felt that Power of Christ. Fr. Clancy said that he felt the power as they entered St. Paul’s Church and during the Holy Hour. That power felt to Fr. Clancy like Christ was ready for battle and saying “bring it on.”

    May 12 2014
    Solemn Eucharistic Procession down the streets of Cambridge in Harvard Square. Hundreds join the police escorted procession, ending with two thousand in St. Paul’s for a Holy Hour.

    Same procession-different perspective

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  39. lambzie37 says:

    Dearest Charlie, 🎂
    Happy Birthday. I am so blessed to have come to know you. I can truly say you have shown me and all the TNRS community the “greatest love.” Jesus told us (through his beloved apostle John) that no greater love hath any man then to lay down his life for a friend. You have done exactly that in all you have done to shake us out of our cocoon of complacency and help us to become true warriors for God who will be willing to lay down our lives for others.

    As I have grown in my involvement with and knowledge of the TNRS community, the storm, and the foretold rescue I have grown in my relationship with God. Thank you so much for your continued yes to God all these (60) years. Last July, when I first heard Doug describe the “coming” storm and this guy Charlie, I was both horrified and quite skeptical. In retrospect my skepticism stemmed from the horror I felt realizing that I would have to endure a storm where my faith would be greatly tested–daily. I didn’t want to accept that my little cozy life was going to be turned upside down. I had just emerged from my own personal storm to a place where things had calmed down. For me “Life was good”, very good, and I wasn’t looking to change that. Life was in fact better than it had ever been.

    I am a newbie to the TNRS community. But after just seven months I feel like I have always known you Charlie and all the wonderful souls that gather here because of your faithful commitment to your mission to sound the alarm and bring us, especially me, to a place where we no longer fear this storm but rather embrace the amazing chance she has given us to be true disciples of Christ, bringing people back to the heart of the father.

    I look forward to the day when we will gather at the top of Mt. Tepeyac and joyously proclaim that our God IS King of King and Lord of Lord, living lives that shout this from the height of the mountain. The newly transformed world will at last be ready to shed the culture of death and become ministers of Jesus Christ, who daily live “LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.”

    I hope you and this community will live many more years together as we thank thank our Lord for giving you to us. You have changed my life Charlie. I now know my God has not abandoned his people. I was beginning to wonder as things have grown so seemingly hopeless. People without vision will perish.. Thank you Charlie, my vision has been restored, 20/20 or better!

    Much love!

    (Sorry if I “shouted” in caps a bit too much YD but I’m so excited!)

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  40. Happy Birthday, Charlie! I do not know how I stumbled at your site, but the first time I read it, I sensed right away your sincerity. God desires the salvation of everyone, you said. I believe that. He will not let it otherwise. Because He is love, so St John said, and that He loved us first even before we ever knew Him. And then your ‘take-the-next-right-step’ is so simple and yet so true, though I am still learning how to practice it.

    One thing that I noticed in me lately is that I am becoming more aware of being a ‘sign’ to others. And doing the ‘little things’ of St Therese. Knowing Christ and his Love impels us, so St Paul said. And let me conclude this with the words of St Paul to the Philippians: I thank God each time I think of you, and when I pray for you, I pray with joy.

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  41. Maggie says:

    Amen. I shall be at Archbishop’s March. That two story brick fortress for killing in Denver needs to come down. They kill over 200 a week.

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    • Barb Watry says:

      Maggie, I will be there also. Maybe by some odd chance we will meet each other. I have been excited about this since I heard of it (and rsvp’d) through my parish’s Respect Life Ministry. I have been going out to pray with 40 Days for Life, every Wednesday afternoon.
      God bless all here.

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  42. Nancy says:

    Charlie’s message and Pope Francis seem to echo each other:

    Charlie: Now looking about much of that Divine Hospital, I see some who, out of a false mercy and pity, enable the very disorders which have brought the sick such misery in the first place.

    Pope Francis: We need to enter the darkness, the night in which so many of our brothers live. We need to be able to make contact with them and let them feel our closeness, without letting ourselves be wrapped up in that darkness and influenced by it. Caring for outcasts and sinners does not mean letting the wolves attack the flock. It means trying to reach everyone by sharing the experience of mercy, which we ourselves have experienced without ever caving in to the temptation of feeling that we are just or perfect.

    Charlie: At the other extreme, I see impotent physicians who simply denounce the sick for being sick.

    Pope Francis: Chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew is very clear on this; we need to return there to understand what the Church is and what it should never be. He describes the attitudes of those who tie up heavy burdens and lay them on other men’s shoulders, but who are unwilling to move so much as a finger…What then prevails is a formal adherence to rules and to mental schemes.

    Charlie: These things are very important now, for I have seen – long before I started writing about it publicly – that a time would come where confusion so reigned that the very best of men would have their minds clouded over, that they would do things they never imagined they could. Some will gain a real humility from this failure, but others, who are caught up in the vanity of thinking they know perfectly and are not weak like other men, will fall into complete despair. The chop of the waves around us in these early stages of the fullness of the Storm is going to get much worse before it gets better. That time I foresaw is upon us. Every single one of us is going to be shaken.

    Pope Francis: At times I have surprised myself by thinking that a few rigid people would do well to slip a little, so that they could remember that they are sinners and thus meet Jesus. I think back to the words of God’s servant John Paul I, who during a Wednesday audience said, “The Lord loves humility so much that sometimes he permits serious sins. Why? In order that those who committed these sins may, after repenting, remain humble. One does not feel inclined to think oneself half a saint, half an angel, when one knows that one has committed serious faults.”
    A few days later, on another occasion, the very same Pope reminded us that Saint Francis de Sales spoke of “our dear imperfections,” saying, “God hates faults because they are faults. On the other hand, however, in a certain sense he loves faults, since they give him an opportunity to show his mercy and us an opportunity to remain humble and to understand and to sympathize with our neighbor’s faults.”
    (Pope Francis’ comments from The Name of God is Mercy, p 67-70 )

    I think this shows a type of guidance that is necessary for storm survival. Pope Francis is our leader and Charlie is the Sherpa.
    And we are all one family on a journey.

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  43. Snowy Owl says:

    This is a really beautiful story I read today on Spirit Daily about a Chinese woman that was drowning and rescued by Jesus. She was an atheist communist. Just thought I would share it in case anyone needed a smile today! ❤
    "Immediately, the heavens opened and a large dove descended on her. With no prior knowledge of the Bible, surprisingly, she recognized the dove as the Holy Spirit.
    Then she saw a tall man in a robe with an aura of light. He motioned with one hand, through which a ray of light penetrated, drawing a semi circle. With that motion, her entire life was played before her eyes like a video, and the words “deadly sin” appeared next to the places in her life when she committed sins.
    “I could not believe I was such a filthy sinful person,” she remembered. Her immediate reaction was she deserved death by drowning, but then she heard a voice of compassion.

    “My child you have come back at last,” the voice said. “I have been waiting for you so long.”

    Then she beheld a startling sight: Out of the man’s heart poured water and blood! She understood this was for her sin." There's more…

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    • Doug says:

      Snowy, what a beautiful read. God is so full of mercy. Just a simple cry out to him and the mercy comes like a flood. Wow!

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    • ann says:

      Snowy thanks for sharing this. I could hardly breathe while reading. I will watch her testimony later. Someone I love very much is Chinese Buddhist and I long for her conversion and pray for it. God is so good. So good. Vivien Chou’s description of what our sins do to Jesus is a Lenten meditation in itself. Thanks so much.

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    • Joe Crozier says:

      Snowy, thank you for this awesome story. Surely the Warning will be like that. “Then she heard a voice of compassion.” Will 7 billion others hear that voice? The mind boggles. If so the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes will find reflection in multiplication of hearts and minds renewed in true contrition and true conversion. Multiplied in being fed by one Word of compassion. Then indeed we shall be free.

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      • Joe Crozier says:

        Perhaps I was being a bit romantic in that hoped for version of the Warning. We are advised that because our sins are personal we will each experience The Warning differently and we are told that each one of us will see and feel within ourselves a sign, a grace or a punishment. We are told that it will be very distressing and has even been described as brutal for some and that death will feel preferable to The Warning. No punches will be pulled. It will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yet although the passion of Christ was brutal it was also full of compassion. It was so bad that Jesus wished he could have avoided it. But He went through with it voluntarily. That is the difference – we will have no choice as to whether we experience the Warning. Our only choice will be how we respond. I suspect that gratitude will figure largely in our responses not to mention relief when we realize we have survived and that we have been Resued from a fate worse than death.

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  44. Cindy Opitz says:

    Hello Charlie,
    I wish you a very happy (and now belated) birthday! My third grandchild will now share your birthday as he was born just this Friday. A sweet and already very loved Down Syndrome baby boy.
    I have been one of your “background” followers as I live in Germany and am looking for ways to integrate your “teaching” into my life and around me. You have helped me to change my attitude in a lot of things and have helped bring peace, hope and, very helpfully, a degree of courage into my life. And to deepen my trust in God. Your emphasis on Job is eye opening as to how a relationship with our Father should work.
    Thank you!

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  45. maryooch says:

    God Bless you, Charlie. I have enjoyed your writing for well over a year and pray that we endure the sufferings to come. I am making an effort to enlighten friends about your message and encourage them to pray for the grace and guidance from the Lord and Blessed Mother. Thank you for keeping us heading in the Right direction!

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  46. Cindy Opitz says:

    Thank you, Charlie and all of you! Prayers are appreciated as well as the welcome and congratulations.

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  47. Joe Crozier says:

    Spiritual significance of Diwali

    Today it was my turn to listen to stories in my clinic. My last patient today was mother to my favourite family of Fijian Indians who have settled in New Zealand. They are Hindu. The story began after I teased Ashika about the curry she had promised me. It was the story of Diwali and Rama and Sita which they are about to celebrate – The Festival of Light. After Ashika began the story it was taken up by her 8 year old daughter Malvika.

    The care and preparation of fasting and cleaning and praying for 9 days and the knowledge the youngsters had of their faith was astonishing. We went off on a tangent a little and I heard how the children looked on the baby Krishna as we look on the baby Jesus. It was exemplary to see the love these children had for their culture and Ashika spoke about the honour in which her and her husband are held. I told Ashika this reminded me of our Fourth Commandment. This regard is carried through the generations and is demonstrated by such gestures as kneeling and touching the forehead to feet of elders and relatives. Most children in my clinic call me Joe. Out of respect these children call me uncle Joe. They have special kinship terms of respect for all. Even the younger sister calls her older sister by a special name.

    Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and some Buddhists to mark different historical events, stories but they all symbolise the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.

    The mythical stories told for Diwali vary regionally and within the traditions of Hinduism. Yet, they all point to joy and the celebration of Diwali with lights to be a reminder of the importance of knowledge, self inquiry, self-improvement, knowing and seeking the good and the right path. It is a metaphor for resisting evil, for dispelling darkness and for compassion to others. Diwali is the celebration of this inner light over spiritual darkness, of knowledge over ignorance and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that the good ultimately triumphs over evil.

    I could not help but draw further comparison with Christianity and was careful in my Catholic witness to acknowledge that while our Faiths were different our faiths were not so far apart. We both believed in life well lived for the good of others and in deep reverence for the God of our understanding. Ashika could not understand anyone wanting to harm another.

    Charlie says “I learned when I was yet a boy that some men are more deadly dangerous with a Bible in their hand than they would be with a pistol. I learned that some men can do great evil while only citing what is objectively good.” It would have been so easy to spout off chapter and verse of our bible versus their bible. But that would not only have been destructive it would have been unfriendly, uncharitable and downright rude. Neither of us had any need to prove anything to the other. We were just sharing our faiths and we found much in common. We were a true Family of God. The day is coming in the not too distant future when all men will once again be drawn to God and His Family will grow and blossom in the light of His Love. It made me think of the witness of Garabandal about conversion from Conchita.


    The first of the two very remarkable locutions of Christ to Conchita occurred in the village church. Its content is so dense and transparent and of such quality, that we need only, at least for the moment, to read it very attentively:

    “As I was giving thanks to God and asking Him for certain things, He replied.
    “I asked Him to give me a cross, for I experience no suffering in my life, except that of not having any crosses. As I was asking Him for that, Jesus replied:
    “Yes, I will give you a Cross.”
    Very moved, I kept on asking for other things and I said to Him:
    “Why is the Miracle coming? To convert many people?”
    And He replied: “to convert the entire world -Para convertir al mundo entero” – [Our Lord was thus indicating the importance of the events of Garabandal.]
    “Will Russia be converted?”
    “Yes, it will be converted; thus everyone – todos – will love our Hearts.”
    “Will the chastisement come after that?”
    He gave no reply.
    “Why do You come into my poor heart without any merit on my part?”
    “Because I do not come for you; I come for the whole world.”
    “When the Miracle takes place, people will think I am the only one to have seen the Blessed Virgin.”
    He replied: “I let you be the one who, by your sacrifices and patience in trials, will intercede with Me to perform the Miracle.”
    And I said to Him, “Is it not better that I be with the four or that You take none of us for the intercession?”
    And He said, “No.”
    “Will I go to Heaven?” And He replied, “Will you love our Hearts a great deal and will you pray to them?”
    “When will you give me the cross?”
    He did not answer me.
    “What will I be?”
    And He did not reply. He only told me that, wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I will have much to suffer.
    And I asked Him, “Will I die soon?”
    And He replied, “You must stay on earth to help people.”
    And I said to Him, “I am of little importance, I will be unable to help You in any way.”
    “Through your prayers and your suffering, you will help the world.”
    “When we go to Heaven, are we dead when we go there?”
    And He said to me, “One never dies.”
    I thought that we did not go to Heaven before we rose up again.
    I asked Him if St. Peter was at the door to greet us and He said, “No.”
    When I was thus in prayer or in a conversation with God, I felt I was outside this world.
    Jesus told me that “Now more people love My Heart.”
    On the subject of priests, he told me that I ought to pray a great deal for them, so that they may be saints and fulfill their duty well and make others better. “May they make Me known to those who do not know Me and make Me loved by those who know Me and do not love Me.”
    [From ‘Garabandal’ Book, pages 175-176]

    My Hindu friends have such great hearts and lead such good lives that when they see the Truth in The Rescue and The Warning and the Miracle they will embrace it with such fervour as to put many Christians to shame. And there will be but one flock and one shepherd. And the flock will be truly Catholic.

    “As you look at your life, you cannot measure it by the books published , the soup kitchens worked, the refuges built-though if you do those things they are good. Rather, you must judge it from the perspective of the hope inspired, the peace you spread, the joy you engendered, the love you kindled- for these are the sure marks of the Kingdom of God. All else is detail.”

    Let us rise together as the Family of God.

    Ave Maria, Stella Maris!”

    My Hindu mother has a rosary containing a relic from Garabandal under her pillow in the hope of conceiving a boy child with her husband Ravi. I believe this will happen when conversion has taken place and the story of Rama and Sita will find new expression in the joy of new life. In accordance with the directive from Pope Francis I will not proselytize but allow myself to be used to draw them closer to the Christ, the true Light of the World. Meanwhile I left my Hindu family happy with a few lollies and myself happy with promise of a home cooked curry.

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  48. CrewDog says:

    Another GoodOne!

    Heartlight Daily Verse – 22 October

    Galatians 6:2
    Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

    Thoughts on today’s verse

    I feel so burdened myself, that sometimes I can’t even see others’ burdens. But Jesus reminds me that if I am to be like him, I will be a burden carrier. This is why he came, why he died, and why his resurrection is so important — to lift from us the burdens of sin, death, and depravity.


    Compassionate Father, help me to see and respond to the burdens in other lives around me. I want to be a blessing to the broken and discouraged, so please help me find my place and my way of serving to your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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