The Next Right Step

What DOES It Mean to Trust God?

What DOES It Mean to Trust God?

Monsignor Charles Pope has released another gem for consideration. It is I who have sought permission to reprint his articles and he allows this without supporting the prophetic elements at this site. Msgr. Pope’s blog is here should you wish to read his many articles, packed with instruction and wisdom. In this piece, he draws our […]

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Now Is the Time

Now Is the Time

Many in this community have worked and prayed, long and hard, for an end to abortion. Now, we have new, prime opportunities to ACT as well as PRAY at a momentous juncture in the ongoing campaign to build a Culture of Life. Now is the time. The Susan B. Anthony List sent an update after […]

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Save Us O Lord; Carry Us Back; Rouse Your Power and Come

Save Us O Lord; Carry Us Back; Rouse Your Power and Come

Surveying the condition of the world and its people, near and far, one can only imagine what the shape of things would be without Our Mother’s children, both young and old, offering her millions of penances and prayers, throughout the day, with an equal plentitude of loving next right steps to present to our Father […]

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He Who Follows Me Will Not Walk in Darkness

He Who Follows Me Will Not Walk in Darkness

The initial post about Fr. Robert Spitzer’s newest book, The Light Shines on in the Darkness, simply introduced it with endorsements from well-known contemporary spiritual writers. Let’s take a closer look at but a few of Father’s theological underpinnings which led him to write this compendium on suffering. In the book’s introduction, Father gets right […]

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Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

By Charlie Johnston (This is an adaptation of a note I sent out to a group of friends and leaders last weekend. Several said they found it heartening enough that they thought I should submit it as a regular post. So I have. – CJ) I find a lot of people, including the most knowledgeable, […]

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The Light Shines on in the Darkness

The Light Shines on in the Darkness

A man of incredible intellect and energy, Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., noticed a marked decrease in faith among college students when he was President of Gonzaga University, 1998-2009, so he founded the Magis Center with the following mission and goal in mind: Our Mission: To provide a comprehensive and rational response to today’s […]

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Our Lady of America, Pray for Us

Our Lady of America, Pray for Us

(A recent article by our friend, Dan Lynch.  His website, Dan Lynch Apostolates, is found here.) Johnny Depp and Other “Kill Trump” Celebrities Dan Lynch Johnny Depp and other “Kill Trump” celebrities by their words and actions have made implied threats upon the life of our duly elected President, Donald Trump. Regardless of his apparent character […]

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Another Fortnight for Freedom

Another Fortnight for Freedom

(Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. This year the Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.  It is I who have requested permission from Msgr. Charles Pope to […]

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The New Barbarism is the Old Normal

The New Barbarism is the Old Normal

By Charlie Johnston   “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” – Luke 13:34   To be a serious student of history does not engender optimism. The arc of history no more bends towards justice than the arc of botany […]

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Jesus: the WAY out of Every Storm, the TRUTH and the LIFE

Jesus: the WAY out of Every Storm, the TRUTH and the LIFE

(Thanks to our reader, Marisa, for nudging us on to part two of Msgr. Pope’s wisdom, so rich in this piece with reflection on storms. The very first lesson in this segment is rooted in the etymology of the word, “obedience,” something I discovered in recent years which reinforces Charlie’s constant exhortation to contemplate. How […]

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Lessons in Weathering a Storm

Lessons in Weathering a Storm

(Once again, I reprint a piece, filled with insight and instruction, by Msgr Charles Pope. I do so having sought his permission to post his work. He does not endorse the prophetic elements here. This is an apropos piece, both as a spiritual examination when pondering the storms of life and as an assessment of […]

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Liberty on Trial With Daleiden

Liberty on Trial With Daleiden

  By Charlie Johnston If you want to infuriate a Christian conservative, tell a scurrilous lie about him. If you want to infuriate an anti-God leftist, tell the truth about him – then prove it. The anti-God leftists who make up the abortion industry and their media and government enablers are furious with David Daleiden, […]

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Sherpa School Savvy

Sherpa School Savvy

(Edit 6/3/17: Obviously, I’m still brushing up my managing editor skills, Friends. I have realized by one comment, it is not totally clear that the “Lessons of a Pilgrim” comprise Charlie’s reflection of his pilgrimage he began in 2011. You can read more of his writing from the days of his journey here.) We have […]

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The Next Right Counterstep to Being Offended

The Next Right Counterstep to Being Offended

In the last month, I’ve been rereading the archives of this site for there is a trove of wisdom tucked into Charlie’s posts, replies and the NRSteppers’ comments which follow. These gems deserve to be remembered, providing encouragement as well as gentle prodding to stay awake and be ready, for the events and circumstances in which […]

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Invoking the Holy Face of Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Invoking the Holy Face of Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Perhaps some have already begun. Whether starting three days ago or just now jumping into a new prayer initiative, inspired by Fr. Richard Heilman, surely matters not to God. God knows our hearts. He does. You may remember, Fr. Heilman was the initiator of the Nineveh90 call to solidarity in prayer. On Wednesday, the 54 […]

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David Daleiden – Breaking News

David Daleiden – Breaking News

  FORMER LOS ANGELES DA DEFENDS UNDERCOVER PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOMAKER, ACCUSES CA ATTORNEY GENERAL OF POLITICAL WITCH HUNT LOS ANGELES, May 25—Steve Cooley and Associates (SCA), former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brentford J. Ferreira, are proud to announce their defense of citizen journalist David […]

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Lord Save Us; We Perish

Lord Save Us; We Perish

By Charlie Johnston It has now been four months since last I wrote anything here. At the time I left, I said I might, from time to time, publish non-prophetic pieces if there was an occasion. People frequently ask me if there is still going to be a Rescue. Shoot, you don’t have to take […]

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Spiritual Power

Spiritual Power

And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29) Several commenters recently shared a link to an initiative put forth by Dan Lynch Apostolates. While it’s […]

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Light in Darkness

Light in Darkness

A sherpa is faithful to his post while ready to spring into ordinary, sundry tasks at the summons – even a whisper, gentle or compelling – to tend to a need, calling to be met. Such sherpa behavior develops from a foundation built on habituating the ironclad wisdom in acknowledging God and taking next right […]

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Waiting on the Lord with Hope and Thanksgiving

Waiting on the Lord with Hope and Thanksgiving

  Praying in thanksgiving for all who united in making the Novena(s) to Our Lady of Fatima and the Blesseds, now St. Francisco and St. Jacinta. Pondering, still, on how God often works with us in a process to meet our needs and guide us to living in His Will for each of our lives. Especially […]

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