By Charlie Johnston
The coordinator for my San Francisco visit has asked for a call-out for volunteers to help. My presentation there will be on July 12. If you can help, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am astonished that the president’s response to Orlando last week is to speed up the fast-tracking of immigrants from Syria. (Of course, Christians who are actually being persecuted in the Middle East remain at the back of the line and usually do not get approved by this administration at all.) I am astonished that the Dept. of Homeland Security continues to emphasize the danger of “right-wing” extremists while maintaining there is no serious threat from Jihadists. Mostly, I am astonished that the administration, the media, and the entire left thinks the way to handle this is to do nothing about the pool of murderers, but vigorously disarm their potential victims. Less than a generation ago, this would have been too ridiculous to even be part of the plot of a bad novel. On the plus side, some gays may look at this and think, whoa…we can bake our own cakes; our current allies are getting us killed and plan to do nothing to stop it.
A few reminders of things going on at the site. If you look near the top right you will see links for “Procession News” and for “Praying for Priests.” If you send a note to the email address provided under Procession News, we will include information about your Marian or Eucharistic Procession. It also offers a calendar of upcoming processions we are aware of.
Also, we are calling on Priests to send a note to the address provided under Praying for Priests. We have had a strong response from laymen who are eager to pray for a particular Priest by name each day…to become a spiritual partner. We have only had a few Priests contact us to be paired with such a prayer partner. If you are a Priest, you may never physically meet the person paired with you in this life, but the two of you will enjoy the support of your mutual prayers. Email our own Beckita at email@example.com.
A couple of weeks ago I got a wonderful email from John and Sarah, the owners of St. Clare Heirloom Seeds. The letter said,
First, to introduce ourselves. 🙂 We are a Catholic homeschooling family of 9 and we are the owner/operators of St. Clare Heirloom Seeds. We first heard of Charlie last year when we would get orders in for garden seeds and they said they heard about us on “Charlies Blog”. At first we wondered “who’s Charlie?” and “Hmm, wonder why people are coming to us from Charlie’s Blog?”. Then we kind of forgot about it and went on with business as usual. In January 2016 one of our Catholic friends told us about Charlie and his message, this being a really busy time of year for us (selling garden seeds is very seasonal!), we still didn’t get a chance to look into it. Then in February 2016 our Lutheran (Yes, Lutheran)neighbor (who heard about Charlie from his Catholic friend while marching with him in front of Planned Parenthood in Green Bay, WI) told us about Charlie and the Storm. He didn’t have the internet and he asked us if we could look into it for him. I was pretty skeptical at first, you always hear of Prophets saying this, saying that, end of the world etc, etc, etc… But the more we read, the more it seemed like Charlie was the real deal, that what he said lined up with so much of what has/is happening in the world. One thing we agreed to right away was how there is more and more chaos in the world. To paraphrase Eustace in the movie “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” when he meets the Dufflepods the first time in Narnia, “Boy, things are just getting weirder and weirder around here”. In fact, we were already pretty sure that an economic collapse was coming, the one thing we hadn’t heard of in the news we read was the spiritual aspect that Charlie brings to light and the Rescue.
Now, on to why we are writing to you. We have a lot of heirloom garden seeds left over from the last couple of years that we can’t sell for one reason or another(but should still grow fine). We usually donate them to charities, but were unable to get them sent out this year. Now we are wondering if God had a reason for this, as we feel called to offer them to those preparing for the coming times. We would like to offer these “Free of Charge” to people who do not have the financial means to purchase seeds but have the land, ability and knowledge of gardening or desire to learn and would like to grow their own food to help themselves and/or others through the Storm. All we ask is that they pay for shipping, we have a $4.00 flat rate shipping charge(as, unfortunately we truly can’t afford to pay for shipping them right now). For those who would like to purchase seeds who do have the financial means, they can sign up for our newsletter and receive 20% Off their first order. We would like to be able to offer free seeds to everyone but this is our livelihood and there’s bills to pay(and things have gotten extremely tight in the last few years!). Those interested can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As there is a great variety of what we have and no way to catalog it, folks will let us know that they would like some seeds, and we will pick out a well rounded package of seeds and send them. There is no easy way to allow choice of seeds, so we will choose them and send them
John and Sarah”
I am going to put a permanent link to their site under the ‘Supply House’ category. Meantime, to reiterate, these seeds are available for shipping only while the supply lasts. They can only be shipped to the U.S. and its territories. Finally, you do not get to request what type of seeds on the free packages – St. Clare must put together a well-rounded package from what they have available. That only applies to the free seeds. If you are purchasing seeds you may, of course, specify what seeds you want to buy.
I am a big fan of heirloom seeds. Though I do not share common fears of GMO products, knowing that such technology vastly increased crop yields and has prevented malnutrition and starvation in many places through the world, I have always been disturbed that the seeds for such products must always be bought: seeds from the fruit they bear will not germinate. I don’t begrudge it much…there is a big investment involved and patents to protect. But it does disquiet me. The great thing about heirloom seeds is that you CAN use the seeds from the fruit they produce to plant again. I am a big fan.
Finally, there was talk some time back that people would enjoy being able to get TNRS squirrel shirts. I am told that our own Michael Patrick has finished up with the design and that Lisa Fixler of the Full of Grace Supply House will carry them. They will soon be available. So if you’re just dying to show your squirrelly side, you will get your chance soon enough.
Oops, like Columbo, let me just get one more thing in. Sometimes the Spam setting on this site has what must be an anxiety attack and starts putting big numbers of regular comments into Spam. I try to check all, but am sure I miss some. So if you made a comment that did not seem edgy or offensive but did not get cleared, try again. It may have disappeared into Internet purgatory. (And for those of you younger than 35, ask your parents who Columbo was).