Reconciliation in the Family of God

By Charlie Johnston

A brief note today. After several years of strife and divisions in families, I ask you to dedicate this Christian Holiday Season to reaching out to family members who you are alienated from. We have much to face in the next year or so, but I believe God would like to hearten you by binding up these wounds. If you are rejected, offer up prayers and penance. If your extended hand is met with consideration, even though it be tentative, insist only that your conscience be respected as you respect the conscience of the alienated family member. Share the old joys while letting the old wounds go. Let this be a true season of reconciliation, a season of miracles to hearten us all for the trials before us.

I will be in Wisconsin this week, with a talk in the Green Bay Area Thursday night and another in Racine on Sunday afternoon. Details are below.

Green Bay, Wisconsin (Free Event)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

6:30 pm:  The Marq – DePere,  3177 French Road,  DePere, WI 54115

For more information:

Contact Don at


Racine, Wisconsin (Free Event)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

1:00 pm:  Rosary;  1:30 pm:  Public Talk    

Caledonia/Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park Hall,  9614 Northwestern Avenue, Franksville, WI 

Contact Audrey at

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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319 Responses to Reconciliation in the Family of God

  1. Doug says:

    Ok. Lit that candle for you today Patrick. May you find reconciliation with your family. Jesus, I trust in thee!

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  2. Nancy says:

    My mom used to tell us, “When someone does something wrong, everybody suffers.” That being the case, it should be that when someone does good, then everyone benefits. It seems that we see all the bad results and don’t see the good ones. Or is it that we don’t look for the good ones?
    Why do the bad ones affect us more? Make reparation for the bad ones and focus on the joy of the good ones? Easier said than done.


    • Beckita says:

      Sometimes easier said than done, Nancy, yet a very important reminder. I continue to cling to Romans 5: 20 “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” That said, this is such a safe place to bring concerns about living in these times and, I think, expressing those concerns is part of the process of coming to terms with all that is. We are blessed.

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      • Nancy says:

        Beckita, thank you. I just had a bad day at work and was feeling sorry for myself 🙂 . On a more serious note, health care workers need a lot of prayers these days. Before going to the doctor or getting any kind of health care, pray for all those who will have any part of the care.

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  3. LordprotectYourlittlemess says:

    I was just thinking about ways to strengthen bonds in our families, and maybe have a “activity” before us as we invite those in that, well, shall we say give us an opportunity to love. I am told I am pure (pureish I’m sure) czech. My parents and grandparents would switch languages mid sentence if I walked into the room and they didn’t want me to catch on…….man, I wish I could do that from time to time with my kiddos! Anyway, I got this article below from the Fraternal Herald. It could be cool to make some ornaments or decorations if time allows…..but check out at least what the squirrel is the symbol of historically for these decorations!

    May the Blessings of the Lord be upon each of you!

    Vizovické Pečivo: Dough Ornaments
    Nov 02, 2016

    Since the 16th century, Czechs have practiced the art of dough ornaments, called vizovické pečivo in the native language.

    These ornaments serve as a reminder of life’s beauty. Historically, they were made and given as gifts to children or used to decorate. Each generation passed the tradition on to the next, and it still thrives today. Although the ornaments can be made in any shape, some have special meanings that are listed below.

    Dove: Family peace and love
    Fish: Silence
    Frog: Protecting clear waters
    Hedgehog: Chase away sickness
    Rooster: Manliness
    Sun: Life
    Baby: Happiness
    Swan: Love
    Hare: Strength
    Squirrel: Good homemaker
    Crawfish: Protect against misfortune

    Dough Ornaments
    2 C all-purpose flour
    ½ C water
    ½ C vinegar
    1 egg yolk
    whole spices or liquid color food dye (optional)

    Photo courtesy of Marketa McCall at

    Place flour, water, and vinegar in a bowl and stir with a spoon. The dough will be dry. Place dough on the counter and add a tablespoon of water as you knead it to make it more flexible. Once this is complete, form a ball and place it in a plastic bag for an hour to increase its elasticity. To make dough of different colors, mix some of the dough with whole spices or liquid color food dyes.

    Afterward, creation can begin. Pinch a small piece of dough off the ball and work on one ornament at a time. Keep the remaining dough in the bag so that it remains moist as you work. You may use wax paper to roll or sculpt the ornament on.

    Useful tools include: craft knife, manicure scissors, pen, cookie cutters, small screw driver, small brush, drinking straw, toothpick, and rolling pin. There are various techniques to try as you make ornaments.

    Thanks to for this recipe. See the website for this and more information.

    Cookie Cutter Shape
    Roll the dough on wax paper using a rolling pin to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes you desire. With the cookie cutter still pressed in, use various tools to press designs around the edges or experiment with your own patterns. You may also add small pieces of additional dough by wetting the area between pieces. When complete, cut a hole through the ornament at the top using a straw.

    Make Your Own Shape
    You can create your own shapes on card stock and cut them out. Use a craft knife to trace along the edge of the card stock when it is placed on the dough.

    Similar to working with clay as a child, you can build a small ornament in three dimensions or combine shapes to create something new. A wreath, for example, can be made by weaving two or three small strings of dough together and forming a circle or heart. Be sure to keep these items wet so they can form a secure seal in the final piece.

    Final Step
    When your creations are complete, place them on a baking sheet to air dry until they are hard. Remove the wax paper.

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  4. LL says:

    I am having a particularly hard time with this. My family is being torn apart by my transgender sister. My children do not know anything about it. I know that this would be traumatic for them. They are very young. I feel exposing them to this sexual dysfunction is no different than having them watch pornography and then saying, “That’s life”. I see no way to reach out to my family without endangering my children’s innocence. I do love my family, but my children are my God given priority. What can I do?


  5. Chris says:

    Thank you for this post. When I first read it my heart ached knowing your request for reconciliation with an alienated family member, was coming from God and believing as you said that God would like to hearten us by binding up these wounds. But Charlie, the fear of rejection after so many rejections, has been extremely painful and left me beaten down so badly. I begged Our Lady and Jesus to soften the hearts of my sister, mom and me to try once more. I sent my mom flowers for her birthday and my sister called her. Mom called me and at first, we argued, struggled and and rehashed the old wounds. My husband was praying in the next room while I held on tightly to the rosary. When it seemed like the insults and attacks at the jugular were getting worse, I told her i couldn’t listen any more but that I loved her and was there if she needed me and hung up.Then surprisingly and most out of character for Mom, she called me back and agreed to disagree but to move on and forget the past. I was blown away. Now maybe this is only tentative but it is certainly heartening. I thank God and Mary for carrying me through these past 3 years and have grown so much closer to them through this terrible trial. Thank you Charlie for accepting God’s call to you. God bless you and all here whose comments and prayers have held me together and helped me to grow. What a wonderful family we all are!

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