By Charlie Johnston
Some significant improvements and simplifications have been made to the section above dedicated to helping people join existing or develop new groups dedicated to neighbors working the next right step together. The TNRS Local Connect link at the top now allows for quick, easy personal response. When you write to TNRSLocalConnect@gmail.com with a question on joining a group, you will hear from Jen or Lisa H who are coordinating it. Further, there is a list at the bottom – with connections to existing groups. So if you find one already in your area, you can cut out the middle man and contact them directly.
Back when I was in politics, I always had a certain disdain for candidates who wasted time in the early months by restlessly trying to garner press attention. Press attention comes and goes…it is so much flotsam, easily swept away in the tide of events – so it creates nothing that will last. I liked to spend the early time finding and encouraging people who were completely committed to a cause. When you find enough of them and spark their creative focus, you can always project a huge presence when it is needed. That is what those .02 percent buttons are all about…all you need is a small number of genuinely committed people and you can move the world when it is needed.
I am deeply heartened that we have a cadre of people who are absolutely committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to their neighbors – committed enough that they are meeting with each other to fortify each other and to prepare to be a sign of hope for those who are not ready. Neither I nor my team direct any of these groups or tell them what to do. Rather, we facilitate communication with the groups and give them an opportunity to share with all what is helping locally. In troubled times, these groups will become a great sign of hope to many – assuring all of Christ’s love and his presence. That gladdens me like you could not imagine.
Sometime in 2015, at the end of one of my presentations, the first question came from a man who wanted to know whether the comet was going to hit us on Wednesday or Thursday. I was flabbergasted and asked, in obvious exasperation, “What are you talking about?!” as the rest of the audience laughed. After confirming that I had nothing to say about any comet or such, the man said it must have been someone else and I should never mind.
Our resident Bishop, who goes by the pseudonym, Yong Duk, was so amused that often when I get obviously exasperated, he pops up and asks me about the comet. It has become a running joke on this site. So imagine my surprise when I saw an article last week describing a rare comet that is visibly streaking across the sky this week to greet the New Year. So far, it is only visible through binoculars, but it might become visible to the naked eye before the week is out. I can only think God decided to get in on a little of the mirth, Himself.
I am told that Kitty Cleveland’s album, “Hail, Holy Queen,” will formally hit the charts on Billboard Magazine this week. It takes a lot for that to happen. I am very excited that a CD Album devoted to the Blessed Mother is making the charts…and excited that we helped, in a little way, to get it there.
Janet Klasson, better known as Pelianito, has been putting up some absolutely great work of late. Her short meditations have long struck me as brilliantly polished jewels. I particularly liked this one on going from “Self-esteem to Self Denial.” I have long thought we are busy esteeming ourselves to death without bothering to build anything that will last. Spend some time rummaging around Pelianito’s site. I guarantee you will find some gems that speak to your heart.
I have long been a fan of Monsignor Charles Pope, a Pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. This piece, contemplating the New Year, will show why I am and why you should be, too.
One of our readers requested that I relink to this piece, “The Election and Other Potential Triggers.” It was from late August. So now I have.