Back to Denver

sweat hat, pilgrimage

My first pilgrimage hat. The grey discolorations in front were caused by my profuse sweating at my temples. By mid-spring, I had to trade it in for a much cooler hat, but it served well during the last winter and early spring months to keep me warm. The Priest who keeps the archives also has this and showed it to me when we visited.

By Charlie Johnston

When I got home to Denver yesterday, I fell out on the couch and slept nearly all afternoon and night. Tomorrow, I will spend a few weeks getting caught up on all the things I can’t do consistently when I am on the road. I love the visits, but while they are happening, I am not driving so much as being driven – so everything is kind of catch as catch can. After a few weeks of getting the work here and responding to notes and emails, I’ll take a week at the cabin, then back on the road for a month.

Just got in some great pictures from California….hoping to get a few more. I will finish the Rules of Regency this week and get a little recap on the West Coast visit.

This Thursday through Sunday, I will attend the “Jesus King of All Nations” Conference in Colorado Springs. I won’t be speaking there, but will be around. I am tickled to hear that some of the people who have been regional coordinators for me from around the country are planning to come out for the Colorado Presentation on August 20th. It will be nice to have some of these wonderful people here at my home. Details for that event are:

Denver, CO (Free Event)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

4:00 pm:  Public talk

6:00 pm:  Potluck (see below) and Q & A session with Charlie

Apex Community Recreation Center, McCormack Hall, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO  80003

Volunteers Needed

Contact Mary at


Please bring one dish that will serve 10 to 15 people.  If your last name begins with:

A-G:  Please bring an appetizer, salad or side.

H-S:  Please bring a main dish

T-Z:  Please bring a dessert

Hotels in the area:

Residence Inn Denver North 5010 W 88th
Denver Marriott Westminster 7000 Church Ranch Blvd
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 10101 S I-70 Service Rd (kind of iffy area)
Hampton Inn Westminster 5030 W 88th Pl
The Westin Westminster  10600 Westminster Blvd
La Quinta Inn Denver Westminster – 8701 Turnpike Dr, Westminster

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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102 Responses to Back to Denver

  1. Beckita says:

    Glad you’re home, Charlie, and resting. As ever, praying for you and all your needs. Take good care.

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  2. Gina says:

    Charlie and all, not sure what to make of this latest news:
    “Vatican sex ed ‘surrenders’ to sexual revolution: Life and family leaders react” (LifeSite News)

    July 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Three international life-and-family leaders who have defended Catholic teaching on marriage, sexuality, and life for decades have called the Vatican’s newly released sex-ed program for teens “thoroughly immoral,” “entirely inappropriate,” and “quite tragic.”

    “I find it monstrous that an official arm of the Church would not only create a sexual education program for teens but one that bypasses parents as the primary educator of their children,” said Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and President of the National Association of Catholic Families as well as a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

    The program, titled “The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People,” was released last week by the Pontifical Council for the Family to be presented this week to young people at World Youth Day in Poland.

    Read LifeSiteNews’ analysis and breakdown of the program here.


    • charliej373 says:

      Hi Gina, I didn’t delete your link – there just was none with what you sent. Try it again and I will put it up. I read through much of the standards…and they were not near as shocking as I expected them to be from the headlines and blurbs. The only thing I really found disturbing was the diminishment of the parental role in this. To call these standards “monstrous” is, to my mind, a monstrously overheated and injudicious charge.

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      • Respectfully, the pictures are highly alarming. The asking children to describe by drawings what makes them male and female and then to share their drawings with one another. There was SO MUCH wrong with this. Not the least of which was leaving parents out of the discussion. This is not beautiful teaching of sexuality. It just brings the culture in.

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      • Katherine says:

        Diminished parental role in all forms of education is a trend that I dislike intensely. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on education. If I had my way, we’d go back to single room school houses with much less wasted time and shorter yet more productive school days. I know that’s probably not possible, but everything has gotten too big for parents to have a say in education. I have a friend whose children are in public school and her biggest complaint, and the biggest complaint of the other moms as well, is that they really have NO IDEA what their kids are actually doing in school. They get behavioral reports home, but if correction is needed, it is hard to for them to understand how to proceed, especially if they only see their children from 4pm (that’s when my neighbor’s child gets off the bus) to 8pm (and have to get them to do their homework within that time-frame) and then get them on the bus at 7:30am. Taking sex ed out of parental hands, even if it is the Church doing it, is just another step in the wrong direction, it takes more authority away from parents and it kind of erodes their identity as parents. There is a widespread feeling of inadequacy among parents. After talking to TONS of parents at the playground over the years, I have found that parents are just not feeling up to the task of educating their own children, in any way. I always mention to people that I am homeschooling, (when going to playgrounds, I feel that it is polite to mention this in case anyone was worries that I bring sick kids or kids that I let play hooky to playgrounds or something) and I am met with awe for two reasons: one, that I am brave enough to do it and not think that I am going to fail my children and two . . . that I can stand to have my kids around all day. Having children gone all day long and having so much of their formation in the hands of the state or any other institution has created parents that are . . . weak. Or think that they are weak. They aren’t, as I have been stressing to people on the playground, but they think they are. So, for the good of both parents and children, I really wish we could go back to smaller schools, shorter days (at least for elementary grades), lots of parental input and oversight and the free option to homeschool and perhaps even a greater degree of cooperation between schools and homeschoolers. For example, if parents funded enrichment activities or clubs, as long as the homeschooling parents pay, their children should be able to participate. I really don’t have the answer, I have a vision of what I’d like, but I don’t know much about the logistics of getting together a system which would satisfy it. What kind of funding would have to be in place to facilitate a state-wide school system that is basically a public and private hybrid? Should it even be a hybrid? It must rest on the creation of an economy and accompanying taxation system which might enable a mom to stay home if she wishes to help form her children. Well. This problem is now too big for me to think through. What I know is that I need to start thinking about the preparation of the dinner I have planned for today. I like to start the day knowing what direction I’m headed in. God bless you, Charlie, have a good rest.

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        • Phillip Frank says:

          I think it is important to state that even the church does not have the authority to teach children sex ed. Pope JP2 wrote about this.
          It can offer it to adults, but not children unless the children do not have parents or the parents are incapable, like mentally retarded, etc, but not lazy or “don’t have time” excuses, these are still a no go. JP2 mentions the perfection and grace that comes through only when parents educate their children after a certain age. Too early removes their blissful innocents. I think home schooling helps children with this effect, allowing them a cloistered childhood. Life is hard enough and they soon find this out. But why do some educators believe they need to be “shocked” into this reality at younger and younger ages? The system fail is obvious, so why are they so adamant on repeating it?
          “We wrestle not against flesh and blood” comes to mind. I guess until the rescue, we are doomed to the repeat. But the comfort of a home school environment has its relief. At least it seemed that way with my 7 children, now grown with their own families.
          When my family all come to church at the same time we fill up one area of the church.
          When a petitioner comes over to marvel at the size of it, I jokingly tell them that the actual scripture passage goes “and the Frank’s will inherit the earth!

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          • YongDuk says:

            There is a beautiful Symposium published out by Benzinger following the Document put out by the Pontifical Council for the Family (I am sure I mentioned this before, but who really reads all the stuff I write except Doug and HNSE?):


            I have been blessed to have been invited many times to teach even 5-8th grade school classes on the Subject, given the proliferation of pornography on the internet and other vices pertaining to this area.

            While I have been more explicit with the older children, I used Genesis 1–3 as my starting point and never pulled punches.

            Whether or not effective in the long run, I did do what I needed to do.

            Perhaps, to the secular minded it is odd that a Prelate would be invited to such a basic class, let me assure you, Virginity is underestimated!

            I don’t insinuate myself where not wanted, but if invited to do a Retreat in a “foreign” Diocese, often times if has coincided with such a programme, each grade done separately.

            I don’t use visuals. I preach from my heart. The Witness of Love and of Concern is sufficient, I feel. My concern for their Integrity, Body, Mind and Soul, is sufficient. A letter was always sent to the parents that explicit materials might be discussed, such as pornography, masturbation, pre-marital sex, &tc.

            Why do I say so much?

            There are many Couples out there able to help and there are many Pastors out there who might realise that in the Confessional that these sins are abounding more and more — or should realise and who might be able to utilise the Couples to teach their Students about 1 Cor 3:16 and Cor 6:19, etc.

            Ugh. MP, I waned again. Like with narcotics and witchcraft, much is already happening in Grade Schools.

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          • YoungDuk, I have no issue with discussing these explicit things with my child, nor would I have an issue in what you just described. Especially the part where you stated a letter was sent home to parents and they were made aware. I’m sure if a parent didn’t want that discussed they wouldn’t send their child. My issue comes with the lack of parental input or trying to partner with parents.

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          • Snowy Owl says:

            Thank you for the link, YD! I am printing it out.. I have many young kids in my family, I think there are 49 of them I have feeling this will be needed!….and everyone reads what you say!

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          • Oh, YD, my teaching friend… when one speaks simply from the heart, bringing forth only Love to share, it’s never waning. Even your final paragraph is just an honest observation of the situation we find ourselves in… and it’s not the final word. Love Acts, Love Conquers, Love Restores, and what a great mystery it is that He chooses to accomplish this simply through a willing heart(s).

            Let us all make such an honest assessment of what we are bringing forth and sharing from our hearts… it’s not a matter of style, but of substance. Really, it’s a constant battle in these times to root out biases, agitations, fears, etc., but we certainly have some good leads to follow and emulate.

            I’m working on it. I often get to the end of a thought(s) and wonder how I got there. What is that silly piece of pie I just served up?! It’s like a piece of pecan pie right out of the oven that I should have let sit for an hour to cool so it holds together nicely on the plate. Nope, who wants to wait on pecan pie (not me), so I just eagerly plop that runny mess on a plate, maybe adding a little berm of crust on either side to contain the ooze. Worse, I use the same knife that I’ve sliced other pies with, so you often end up with blue berries, apple slices, bananas and other stuff.

            Then I serve that mess, plopping it down on the table, only to have a chunk of caramelized pecans fall off the plate onto the floor. Awkward and embarrassing, unless you happen to be at peace with the 5 Second Rule. Ever do that with a Thai Chili Pepper? Who am I to judge.

            God Bless you and everyone here,


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        • I homeschooled 5 of my 7 children, and they turned out fine, all made it into college etc. I can’t imagine in this day & age why all don’t. 🙂


    • Ruth Ku says:

      From Suscipe Domine”
      A summary of the negatives:

      (I deleted out the specifics here because it was simply a repeat of what was in Lifesite News’ article. The scary “Sexually Explicit” stuff included an old painting of a couple before a kiss – and a statue of a nearly nude couple from the Vatican in the background – not nearly enough to get a hormonal teen’s pulse racing. When the objection is that the site used fearful text to describe mundane material, it makes no sense to use the site’s summary. So instead, at bottom, I offer a link to the Vatican’s outline for the program. While I have some disagreements, if it were adopted by any school around, I would shout “huzzah!” Don’t take my word on what is in it, but don’t take the overheated critics’ words either. Instead, just read through what the Vatican actually put out.-CJ)

      The Meeting Point – Project for affective and sexual formation.

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      • The pictures I saw included a prostitute leaning into car. A woman’s breasts with xxx stamped on top of her and 2 teenagers in a grind dance. There was also a section where children were asked to draw what makes them different and then they were asked to share it with one another. They are also asked what is their favorite part of the opposite sex’s body. As a parent of a 14 year old who has to battle this everyday with the culture– I resent the church adding this content in. Were there totally naked people, no, But was it a beautiful way to teach our kids sexuality– absolutely not.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thanks, Susan. I only saw very tame things attached to the Lifesite News piece. I know you have done some intense work on this subject overall. Maybe you could put together a guest piece going through some of the real problems with it. I would appreciate that, as you have some genuine expertise in this area.

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        • ykc says:

          That is disturbing. I would not want my teens to be a part of that. That said….

          My 3 oldest (boys) are 18, 21, and 23. I homeschooled the older two until high school. (The youngest went to Catholic school in middle school. That’s a story for another time.) We lived a very innocent life surrounded by other wonderful Catholic homeschooling families. We used to joke about starting a “commune” in Naples, FL by Ave Maria University and have our children marry each other. In hindsight, I wish we had! I cannot begin to tell you what my children were exposed to at the (only) Diocesan high school!

          As shocking as the information provided in the link from veilofveronica might be to some of you, I can assure you that the average teenager knows waaaay more and has seen photos waaaay worse than those! Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not condoning the curriculum. But the sad reality is that with the exception of some devout homeschooled families, I dare say most 10th graders would not find anything upsetting about the content. These kids need our prayers more than ever! I pray the St. Michael prayer for them daily. I battled our Catholic high school for 9 long years over matters of faith and morals, to the point where I began to have health problems. Now that my kids are gone from there, I will continue the battle from a different angle. I will never give up hope as I take the next right step.

          St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us!

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          • charliej373 says:

            I was naieve about many such things when I was a kid…which is to say I and my peers were allowed to be kids. I think we have really robbed our kids of something important – not just their innocence, but their childhood as well. But with the proliferation of internet pornography and the toxic culture, I am aware that many of our strategies to defend our kids may have to be significantly different than when my generation was young.

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          • Oh I know ykc, we are battling an entire culture so I’m not sure why the church felt the need to add to it when we can counter it with beauty and truth.

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          • leslyek says:

            Oh, ykc — probably now is the time for you/us to put it into the Prayer of Miraculous Trust Charlie provided. Godspeed!


          • Robert Cunningham says:

            Our dear Lord called us to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. This pertains to all the baptized but especially to our bishops and priests. Jesus did not call the ordained to be administrators, intellectuals, social justice leaders or sex educators.

            I love it when I meet holy priests and holy bishops because I long for holiness and I also long for holy clergy. We need saints and we need holy priests. There are loads of people that can do those other functions – we need saints at the alter and the pulpit.


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          • Ascension Press just released a Theology of the Body For Teens program that is a useful supplement for those interested in educating their children themselves.

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        • Sandy says:

          My girls are 20 and 16. I agree. We are battling an entire culture, and sometimes, I’ve got to tell you, I feel like I’m loosing the battle. So here is another perspective. Those pictures are certainly not pictures that exemplify love or healthy sexuality. I believe that was their purpose (see the captions below the pictures). While not pornographic, they demonstrate unhealthy behavior and their use is to communicate that. If we don’t specifically call out unhealthy behavior, our kids are in jeopardy of being taught by society that it is acceptable. Remember the battle we are fighting. Prime time TV shows, commercials, magazines, their friends are inundating our kids with messages contrary to what we teach. Even Disney movies have sexualized some of the characters. The battle is endless. When they are in their mid and late teens, we cannot continue to control their every move and so cannot control everything they are exposed to. By 10th grade, kids are typically 15 – 16. At that age, sadly, I can almost guarantee that our teens have witnessed in person other teens grind dancing. I say this because our high school specifically says it is not allowed at dances. My kids told me that – and they knew what it was. Here is the other perspective: We can think we are protecting our kids by not showing them these pictures. But if use specifically point to them and explain that “This is wrong!” , we have a chance that they will remember our message when they witness it themselves. We will have spoken out and given them something to help them make decisions. If we do not address it, we leave them to make their own decisions when they are faced with it. We leave them to caving to peer pressure. And as you all know, they are faced with it much earlier in life than we were. I have watched a few PG-13 movies with my kids that I felt should have been rated R. Feel sick for a moment, pause the movie – use it as a teaching moment. I explained what abortion is to my youngest daughter when I explained it to my oldest daughter. They were 8 and 12 respectively. That may seem young, but guess what – It is a sad truth in our society and I didn’t want society teaching my kids that this was okay. In the 9th grade, my youngest daughter, then 14, on her own, defended a child’s right to life in a debate with her teacher in front of the class. She has spoken out against abortion more than once. Yes, some of her innocence was taken by me when I told her that there are people that think it is okay to end a pregnancy on purpose. But she was going to find out soon enough. I taught her that it was wrong. I didn’t allow someone else to get to her first and tell her it was acceptable. Continuing to fight a good fight in as age-appropriate a way as possible – or die trying 🙂 …the other perspective.

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          • charliej373 says:

            This has much merit, Sandy. I don’t have the answers, myself. I think, though, of a medieval village in a time of peace. It might be crude to show your children gory things when there was no need for it and it would only shock them. In a time of war when there was danger of marauders attacking, an explicit lesson in what violence to expect, how to combat it, and how to minister to the wounded would be more in order. We may be in a similar situation now. When even the most innocuous TV shows ASSUME that everyone is sleeping with each other, it may be dangerously naieve to think children are not exposed to – and influenced by – such things. Protecting them from exposure to it is probably already a lost cause, so teaching them to combat it and defend themselves against it probably makes the most sense.

            But as I said, I have not yet seen a completely satisfying answer to this problem.

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          • Beckita says:

            Thanks to all who have weighed in here. I have been reading and pondering. We often think in black and white terms: this or that, all or nothing. Perhaps the solution is based in having more than one set of materials to utilize as well as varying options for presentation. It took me five years into my career in education to really get that the children’s needs are the primary focus in curriculum.

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          • ykc says:

            Thank you, Leslyek, for that reminder!

            Well said, Sandy. You made the point much better than I!

            My children learned about abortion at an early age as we are involved in the prolife movement. We later adopted a child and it all became real to them. And then we allowed our boys to go to catholic high school (little “c”) and life as we knew it fell apart. We were so naive!

            The kids were allowed to grind dance at our Catholic high school, a fact that my oldest son intentionally neglected to mention to me! 😔 (Parents are NOT ALLOWED at the dances.) Once I found out, I of course hit the roof and immediately went to my priest, the principal, the superintendent, and the Vicar General’s office! Unbelievably, it wasn’t until (1-2 years later) a student (friends from our homeschooling days) went to the principal and complained that it wasn’t fair that she couldn’t go to her school dances, was anything was done. Suffice it to say, the brave and beautiful girl that stood up for all the right reasons, was ostracized by the other kids. And it ended up being all smoke and mirrors in the end. Nothing really changed. The prom dresses that are allowed to this day are disgraceful…and I’m being kind with my description! I don’t want to contribute to any images forming in the heads of the men reading this, especially our priests! It is not only an assault on our Catholic school, but on the entire Holy Mother Church. What kind of example are they setting? What are they doing to the souls of the children?!

            As you can imagine, I’m not very popular with the administration. I’m ok with that…I actually wear it proudly. One day God will ask me if I did everything I could to bring ALL of those kids to Him, not just my own. I want to die knowing that I fought the good fight to the end; I ran the race to the finish; I kept the faith. If I have to be persecuted in the meantime, so be it. Jesus did much more for me. At every mass I pray for their hearts to truly know what God wants for His children. Is it wrong to pray for them to have a Saul/St. Paul moment and get knocked off their horse?! 😜😇

            I could give many more examples of atrocities that occurred, but I’ll stop here. My point is that we lived a wonderful, innocent and naive, life when our boys were younger. And even though we thought they were given the proper formation, the satan still got to them once they were in the real world. Our bubble burst in one big pop. It was shocking to all of us. Perhaps we sheltered them too much. I know that’s what the secular world would say. That’s what most catholics would say! We thought that we were doing the right thing by allowing them to have an innocent childhood. But the teenage years were much harder than I ever imagined!

            I pray that everything will be different for our youth after The Storm. I pray that my daughter’s impending teenage years to be simple and innocent. Jesus, I trust in you!

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          • That’s a way to look at it certainly but as a parent you can decide that’s how you want to do it, what I take my exception to is that they don’t appear in the curriculum to be encouraging talking to your parents about it. This is a PARENT right. I happen to disagree with you because I can talk to my kids about the culture at the mall, but in teaching them sexuality I want truth and beauty. The larger issue here is cutting the parent out. This is a teacher student curriculum — where is the parent?

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          • charliej373 says:

            The family certainly is the first Church – and any program which downplays the role of parents undermines the critical underpinning of civilization, the family.

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          • ykc says:

            I obviously didn’t explain my thoughts very well. Please forgive me for posting again.

            I don’t think the curriculum is appropriate by any stretch of the imagination. And to not involve the parents is indefensible. There are many beautiful ways to teach our children about sexuality that include truth and dignity and it must start within the family. When a school tries to distance the parents, there is a big problem. (Unfortunately, I speak from experience on that one.)

            It is impossible to totally protect our children today. Our children walk into a battle zone with the satan every time they walk into school, watch TV and get online. I read on Focus on the Family that the average age of accidental exposure to pornography has gone from age 11-13 just a few years ago to age 5-6 today! Computer parental controls are helpful, but they are not 100% effective. Schools require students to be online, even in the early grades. Parents, especially those with multiple children, cannot possibly monitor every minute their child is online at home, and not at all when they are at school. What do we do? It is one of the biggest stresses of my life and I only have one child left at home! Frankly, I’m looking toward to my daughter not having internet during the chaos.

            I’m obviously not suggesting we “show them how to do it”, as someone put it, but with all due respect, I think we have to take off the rose colored glasses regarding the innocence of our youth today, just as we might think the average person sitting in the pew next to us on Sunday has on rose colored glasses when it comes to living their faith. It is a lot easier to believe what we want to believe, that which makes us feel good, than it is to know the truth. The truth can be quite uncomfortable.

            I would venture that the readers here, like me, likely do not watch a lot of TV, see many movies in the theatre, have read or watched 50 Shades of Gray, etc. We want to surround ourselves with whatever is pure, lovely, noble, and of God, as we should! But that can also mean that we don’t have a reality check of what is really happening to today’s youth. I’m not suggesting that we should be doing those things, by the way. I’m just saying that unless you have teenagers attending (traditional) school, chances are most of the readers here would be greatly shocked at the debauchery and evil accosting our children. Debauchery and evil that a lot of parents do not recognize as such! I can’t tell you how many times I have been told by other parents (from Catholic high school), “Well, they’re going to have sex regardless of what you say. You might as well accept it and hope they use birth control!” I am beyond being shocked after 10 years of high school. And college is even worse. “Friends with benefits” doesn’t even begin to touch the surface.

            It would be very hard for a doctor that was stranded on a deserted island since the 1950’s to know how to treat cancer patients using today’s technology. His intentions are good, but the patient will die because he doesn’t have the knowledge of the advancement of cancer treatment to save the patient. I’m not saying anyone here lives with the 1950’s mentality. I feel like things have progressed sexually in the past 10 years as much as they did from 1950-2000! We must meet the youth where THEY are, not where WE are. Otherwise, they will tune us out. Our intentions are good, but the “patients” will die.

            I don’t claim to have any answers, to be sure. I have only questions. I sometimes wish my kids had been born in a different era, even though I know that God has put them where He wants them. That’s purely my selfishness in not wanting to have to deal with today’s issues on a daily basis! I want it to be easier. Please pray for my strength to persevere and joyfully carry my cross without complaining!

            I am grateful that Beckita shared the Surrender Novena. It has helped me immensely to (mostly) let go of my worries. I’m counting on Our Lady to wrap her mantle around my children as she guides me each day in helping them get to Heaven. I’m sure she’s giving me the “mom look” of exasperation, as she says to me, “How many times do I have to tell you?! Surrender your anxiety! Give it to My Son!”

            St. Michael, protect us!

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          • charliej373 says:

            This was a very deep and honest meditation, ykc. I, too, do not reliably know the answer here, but you have done a magnificent job of framing the question well and candidly.


          • YongDuk says:

            ykc, I posted above. I reiterate what I said above.

            Quagmires and miasmas aside.

            I have a Chapel. It is my own. It is where I invite you all to bi-locate to or come if you need.

            But it is small. It is MC like (That’s Missionary of Charity, Perigrine Took and Doug). Sparse. My Crucifix is flat and my cat(s) mess up my relics and I don’t care, Silly Franciscan as I am whilst waning Carmelite.

            So, ykc. Where are you?

            Where is your showing yours and yours alone and their and theirs alone the Universe such that encapsulated with the Reality of the Day, of Today, of the Moment, of the Eternal Now, they realise John’s Words in regard to Purity?

            Where are you with you skepticism?

            Where are you with your ease of caving into the despair of this mentality?

            Oh, I know what I am saying!

            I know I am crushing, but, YKC, stop a moment and pause. Breathe the air!

            Oh, do you not see nature and the movements? We are getting on the End of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, Have you not seen the Butterflies and the Transiencies blooming to their Camouflages!?!

            Oh, how unaware!

            How unware you are tragically!

            Oh, how unaware you are to the Reality!

            My Angel…

            My Angel years ago…

            Whipped my head ’round to show my a Butterfly alighting upon a Milkweed. What he said, I shall not repeat. It is Glorious.


            Go into this Period. This Purity. The Waxing Crescent. The Crickets. The Milkweeds. The Butterflies.

            Stop weighing yourself down and be Free. Worship and Preach and Lead …those under your care.

            I am not being harsh, but don’t limit God’s Creation and Her Words to the Pure in Spirit


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        • Kris R. says:

          Veilofveronica, I agree with you. I am 60 yrs. old and I would be horrified and embarrassed if, in the name of education, I was told at work to draw a picture of a nude and share it with a co- worker of the opposite sex. What is the agenda? I am not a prude, I am prudent. Prudent people have been told, “it’s not that bad” for decades and each decade it gets worse. Yes, it is that bad! We have slipped down the slippery slope into the mud. Teaching in this manner not only breaks down the guard of those children and young adults between each other, but it breaks down the guard between adult and vulnerable child. It makes “OK” what is not OK. This type of so called education will open a Pandora’s box of new abuses. It is the same old sex ed, poorly disguised. Mick, your descriptive comment says it well. It is a how to, not a deterrent.

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          • My Spiritual Director told me the litmus test for figuring out if is acceptable is, Could you show what you are doing or teaching or watching or reading to the Blessed Mother without feeling shame. If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be doing, teaching, watching, or reading it. I would be ashamed to show her this curriculum.

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          • Kris R. says:

            Oh, that is a good litmus test. Several years back, my friend’s teenage son was lying to her and she knew it. They had a statue of the Blessed Mother in their living room so she told her son to stand before the statue and say to Momma Mary what he’d said to her. He couldn’t do it and instead broke down crying. I will remember that great advice from your Spiritual Director! Thank you.

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        • Kris R. says:

          I skimmed the link YD posted then read the 10th grade curriculum veilofveronica posted. There seems to be a disconnect between what they are saying and what they are doing.

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          • The link YD posted I believe is from the 1990’s, the new curriculum is from 2016 and was brought about I believe because this Pope said schools should be helping with sex Ed.


  3. SteveBC says:

    Given all you’ve been doing recently, 18 hours of sleep certainly sounds both very much needed and well-deserved! 😀

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    • YongDuk says:

      I would melt if I got 18 hours of sleep and likely someone would call the Police to see if I were dead or alive.

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      • SteveBC says:

        But what a way to go, YD!

        When you need 18 hours of sleep, it’s delicious to get it. 🙂

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        • Thomas Augustine says:

          My brain loves the idea of 18 hours of sleep, but sadly my arthritic bones get quite angry after just 6 or 7 hours. I imagine this is why God created nap time. Now if only work would buy into this concept.

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          • Beckita says:

            Offering a prayer for you, Thomas, that you are granted some relief from arthritis pain. God bless you.

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          • anniecorrinne says:

            OH! My bones get angry too. But 18 hours sounds heavenly. 😇

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          • ann says:

            I hear you Thomas. I always consider myself blessed to get six uninterrupted hours. Then I nickel and dime my way to eight hours if I’m lucky. (six hours in–every body system reports for duty! Especially the bones.) Except once–we traveled all night by plane to Scotland and when I was finally able to fall into my hotel bed I slept for eighteen hours straight. Missed the welcome dinner, missed the first walking tour of Glasgow, missed breakfast the next morning but who cares. It was bliss!!!

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          • Linda says:

            Sleep.. oh my goodness.. what an adventure every single night..go to bed tired..(wake up @ 3.. does anyone else awake repeatedly @ 3??? ) Wake up tired… meh

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          • SanSan says:

            Hey Linda, 3AM wake up call here too…..I think I will peek up into the heavens from now on and see what is going on. 😉


  4. maryopl says:

    Charlie, thank you for all your dedicated work and commitment to us squirrels. It is an immeasurable blessing and I hope to attend one of your presentations someday.

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  5. anniecorrinne says:

    There is no place like home! When Pat and I traveled before his stroke I always enjoyed walking through our front door. Glad you are home and resting.
    I too am having some problems with my postings…..I hope someone will be able to answer the email I sent soon. (Sent last week)

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  6. Joan Goss says:

    Charlie, Are you coming to New England an time soon?


  7. Did the Pope actually just draw a moral equivalancy between Muslim Terrorists and some Catholics?

    I’m so upset.

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  8. Linda says:

    Welcome home Charlie.. Glad you’re home for a rest.. Good bless you😇💖


  9. EllenChris says:

    This was posted by a friend and it showed up on my FaceBook page. I thought it is well worth sharing. Some of you have probably already heard of this, but here it is for those who haven’t:

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    • the phoenix says:

      Having previously posted here on The Next Right Step my hearty endorsement of Cardinal Burke’s being assigned to the position of Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta as a great grace for the Church, I am happy to support him now.

      Below is a link to Cardinal Burke’s job description, which I happen to think is pretty awesome: 🙂

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    • EllenChris says:

      I was hoping that the whole picture and all would come up in my posting just above, but it didn’t. 😦 Cardinal Burke is calling for concerted prayer over the next few months.

      My post just above is for a chain of Rosary Novenas — 54 days — of praying the Rosary for the salvation and well being of out country, for August 15 to October 7. What a great idea! and well worth doing. I even have a surprising number of Anglicans onboard for this. Take a look, please, and pass it on.

      And yes, Phoenix, being Prelate of the Knights of Malta is a bigger deal than one might think. I also think this is a good thing. There is an Anglican “branch,” re-founded in the 1860s, of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Their former American Prelate, Bishop Sisk now lives in my parish. He was telling me that the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta and the Anglican Knights of St. John often have prayer services and ceremonies together. Another good thing. 🙂

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      • Another Karen says:

        Thanks, Ellen for this and all you do! We can never go wrong with the rosary!

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      • the phoenix says:

        Well anyways, EllenChris,

        Maybe the “whole” picture you were aiming for didn’t show up, but you did communicate to us the “bigger” picture as far as the spiritual battle goes, with the Rosary as the weapon! 🙂

        Fascinating about the Anglican Knights of St. John … glad we’re on the same team! 🙂

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  10. zeniazenia says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I sometimes take notes of your statements in order that I might be clear when describing your prophecy to others, especially my sons.
    i.e. There must be a Restoration of the civil order in the midst of the Storm. (…before the Rescue, even before we in the West first confront Islam or China).
    I have written ‘confront Islam’ in my notes a few times and I know this is a difficult phrase to get past my daughter in law, who cherishes her lovely, peaceful aunt (who grew up Unitarian in MA and converted to Islam to marry a Muslim man who was her tour director on a trip to Turkey). They now have two children and live in Western France on the border with Germany. Is it possible that I could drill down a bit deeper and write ‘defeat jihad and protect/convert peaceful Muslims inadvertently tangled in Islamic history’ 🙂 , in order to make a finer point that God always desires justice? Would this conflict with the message you have been given? Thanks– Zenia Jane
    1. There must be a Restoration of the civil order in the midst of the Storm. (…before the Rescue, even before we in the West first confront Islam or China)
    2. God will reveal Himself to all who call on Him in the midst of the Storm.
    3. Many will find renewed joy and hope, some whose love had gone cold or even flickered out entirely, even in the midst of the Storm.
    4. “WE” must confront Islam and then China before Rescue comes.
    5. If “WE” are to do any such thing, there must be a working civil order that rises (Restoration) from the one that is collapsing around us.

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  11. Erin says:

    I don’t know if anyone said it here already, but it seems to me that the conversion of Muslims is already beginning. Look at France this weekend how they attended mass in large numbers due to the priest Fr. Jaques being martyred. St. Joan of Arc-pray for us. Please pray for me, I am in a severe trial right now.

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  12. Kat says:

    I’ve been following the posts and comment section since late last year and feel like this is a lifeline during this storm! I was able to see the beautiful ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ traveling statue in Michigan. I asked Our Lady for her blessings for Charlie and all at TNRS and our families.
    The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is in America, honoring the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima from March 20, 2016 – December 20, 2017. The tour is a call to prayer and penance for conversion and peace in our nation.
    We were blessed to have Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme say mass. He is in
    the Diocese of Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s Borno State. Bishop Dashe has a strong devotion to ‘Mamma Mary’. The bishop claims that Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision, giving him the answer to the problem of Boko Haram in Nigeria: the rosary. Bishop Dashe said, “Towards the end of last year (2015) I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared.” He said Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it.
    “As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a rosary,” the bishop said, adding that Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.” “I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” he said. “It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.”
    I know Charlie has spoken of the importance of Eucharist Processions. The Bishop mentioned the importance of Rosary Processions. He said this can be a small or large group of people walking and saying the rosary or just by yourself praying the rosary as you walk. I really liked this because it is something many of us can do alone or in a group at any time.
    The website for tour dates can be found at if you are interested. Prayer requests can be left on the altar.
    Thanks again Charlie for your guidance and wisdom!

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    • Mick says:

      Welcome to commenting, Kat; and thanks for the link to the Pilgrim Virgin’s travel schedule. I’m planning to go to the Cathedral in Lansing on August 11. 🙂

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      • Kat says:

        Thanks Mick! I hope you have a wonderful experience with Our Lady in Lansing😊.
        Father John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, posted this on Facebook and would like other churches to join in.
        “Let’s join together every Wednesday until the end of the year for a day of prayer and fasting for America.”
        “We’ll consume only liquids until dinner (though any fast is acceptable), then break our fast with Holy Communion during 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Mass (join us at 6:00 p.m. to pray the Rosary). May our prayers and fasting bring healing to our nation and our world.”
        “And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” – President Abraham Lincoln

        LISTEN HERE — 🙂

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    • Beckita says:

      Glad you’re here, Kat!


  13. ann says:

    God bless you Erin. Praying now.


  14. Linda says:

    I got a really great email from SteveBC about how to put a pic of a squirrel into a comment.
    so I have done it according to my understanding but my understanding is at a kindergarten level.

    Thank you so much for the email SteveBC and if it’s wrong again, I appreciate your advice. God bless you good man! Linda Graziani

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    • SteveBC says:

      Linda, nice try but you’re correct, the address you are using is not a full URL. I suggest you go back and reread the email I sent you so you can see what the URL of the picture on Charlie’s site looks like.

      From the gobbledygook address you used, it seems you left out the “http://” and the “” parts of the URL. It looks like the part you got came from a photo-sharing site or something similar. All those letters need to be preceded by the photosharing site’s address.

      Let’s say that the photo is on Your URL would consist of three parts stuck together:

      I’ve had to divide these sample URLs into pieces so that wordpress won’t make them into actual clickable URLs that take people to garbage web pages. Once you get the needed URL parts, you will want to stick them all together without any spaces in between the parts.

      So try again. 🙂

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  15. Linda says:

    SteveBC i think i forgot the http thingy

    second attempt SteveBC

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  16. I’m just now looking at the picture of your hat. That’s a nifty hat, but I’m wondering if it also doubled on the trail as a pillow or seat cushion. I tend to fuss over my hats when they’re new, but find seemingly endless uses as they get worn. I’ve got one straw Stetson that’s so worn it might only serve one more outing as kindling. Either that, or I’ll put it up in a tree for a bird or squirrel to nest in. Small matter… hats… but I expect there’s some reason you shared it… and you’re probably smiling about it.

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  17. Carmelite says:

    Peace to all here.
    The Catholic Company sends meditations into my inbox each day, and I just think this is so relevant to our times:
    “Many people [in authority] oppose us, persecute us, and would like even to destroy us, but we must be patient. As long as their commands are not against our conscience, let us obey them, but when the case is otherwise, let us uphold the rights of God and of the Church, for those are superior to all earthly authority.”
    — St. John Bosco

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  18. BD says:

    Welcome back home Charlie. Traveling can be very strenuous and stressful. Rest is well deserved. With that being said don’t milk it too much, it’s time to get back to work ;-)…

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  19. Linda says:

    SteveBC you are a genius.. I think I got should be a teacher!

    God bless you and I am forever in your debt.. whole rosary for you this day! xoxo

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  20. Linda says:

    it came out on another page with pic.. but not one above SteveBC

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  21. anniecorrinne says:

    I was hoping this small video would bring calm and peace in our tipsy turvy world. I kept thinking of all the psalms that would fit in nicely w/each scene. Beginning with Psalm 19.
    Praying for all of you!

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  22. Linda says:

    SteveBC this is the rosary I said for you today.. I hope I’m doing this right.. lol or you might get another rosary!!! hehehehe

    I guess we’ll find out soon.. but fellow TNRS. this Holy Hour with the flame of Love is AWESOME!!!

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  23. Chris says:

    Glad to see you home and getting some much needed rest Charlie. The past year was very hard on my husband. He had a bad auto accident on August 13 and he’s just recovering from it now, also hospitalization for heart problems. No doubt his recovery was due to the prayers of those here and the Prayer of Miraculous Trust which never seems to fail. God has been so good to us.Today my husband looked over my shoulder as I was reading this post and lo and behold he booked us a room at the La Quinta. He wants to drive from Covington, Louisiana to hear your Denver talk. Our God is amazing! I am so very excited to meet your Denver TNRSteppers and to see you again. Can’t thank you enough for answering God’s call and giving us hope through the storm. Keeping all here in my prayers and hope to meet some of you real soon in Denver.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Wow…long trip…but a scenic one!

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    • Chris, God is good all the time, All the time God is good! So happy for you and your husband, and a grace that he is recovered well enough to make this pilgrimage.
      When we lived in Destin we drove that route every summer to Colorado mts. (With a Great Dane 🐶) If you go thru Tx isn’t bad once you get thru Dallas. There’s An awesome Catholic church in Trinidad Co just after NM/CO border. Praying for cooler temps. Done KS route too
      I too will make my way from Florida…. but fly this time around . My husband has Lockheed/UK work trip so he’s not able to make it.😢 I will be flying out from Orlando 8/18 to hike RMNP with a old Fl friend, Laura, who’s meeting me from Park city. She’s a believer but not affiliated with a church. Her husband is also a Catholic who’s not been practicing. Experienced some graceful conversion signs back when we visited them in park city, UT in March. Was going to daily mass there and Laura wanted to join me. She’s in some real trials now with aged folks, free spirited son with a new baby. She’s been a saint attending to all from NH to Quebec to Utah. Entrusted the both of them to the Immaculate Heart of Mary . Her husband has been very open to the church when we chatted about it, fondly remembering his catholic roots/altar boy days and they enjoyed attending mass at small little house parish right in in GCNP when we again met them in. May to hike the Grand Canyon ….all this to say it’s been a journey for all of us…we can unite in prayer always🙏💕
      I believe that God in his love and mercy has picked me up from “the mud” like many of us to prepare us to renew and reclaim our life in Him and all we meet…to know, love and serve God in this day and time! May we all abide in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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      • Chris says:

        Embracingchristoutdoors, going to take that Texas route, and plan on stopping in Santa Fe to visit the St. Francis of Assisi Basilica. We have always dreamed of making a trip to Colorado. A year ago I couldn’t have imagined it would be possible. Have fun on your mountain hike with Laura, sounds wonderful. Hope to see both of you on the 20th. I’ll keep Laura in my prayers

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  24. Thanks Chris! We will enjoy the hiking and St Malo It’ll be awesome to visit St. Francis of Assisi Basilica and get to go through the Holy Doors. Hope to meet you both in Denver🙏 Safe travels


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