Plant Firmly Your Culture’s Roots

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In the United States, Christians have been  victims of an ‘intellectual’ purge or soft persecution, and if there is any attempt to profess traditional Christian beliefs and creeds, they will be labeled as bigots and treated as an outcast in society—an intellectual and societal martyrdom. The danger, of course, is if we choose to “obey God rather than men”[1] when human laws violate the laws of God, we may lose our jobs, businesses, friends, social standing, education as well as being shamed in the public sphere. This is the reality of our ‘intellectual’ persecution in the United States. So what is the answer to the question, “How did the United States get here? Pope Benedict XVI begins to clarify this question in his essay “The Spiritual Roots of Europe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” in the book Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam. He writes that the United States…

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Some Details on the Devil

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By Charlie Johnston

(This article is not private revelation, so please do not treat it as such. It is, however, informed by my observations from a rather unique perspective over the last half-century)

Even the most brilliant man will become stupid under the influence of vanity and malice. Consider the devil. He has more knowledge than all of humanity combined. He is brilliant, shrewd, devilishly clever – yet he is also history’s greatest bungler. One of the reasons the satan so loves to find and use our vanity against us is that he knows how much damage it has done to him over the eons.

God calls us to seek what is right, true and just, even as we understand our limitations and propensity for error. Vanity causes us to change our focus from seeking what is right and true to believing whatever we say or do is right and…

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A Rosary Crusade for Peace: What You Can do to Stop Jihadist Attacks

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Man-With-Rosary(Our friend, Dan Lynch, offers this short piece calling people to join a new Spiritual Rosary Crusade, to change hearts and help us remain recollected about who we are called to be. – CJ)

By Dan Lynch

In remembrance of the Militant Muslim Jihadist terrorist attack in Orlando, we are called to pray for the healing of the victims’ families and the salvation of the victims and the terrorist perpetrator. We love our enemies who are under the influence of evil spirits. We pray for their salvation and that they will stop their evil acts.

St. Paul tells us, “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12)

So, what can you do to stop these evil attacks?

Pray for the conversion and total disablement…

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Calling for Coordinators

To call what is bad good is a lie…

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My coordinator out of Denver, Mary, informs me we have a bunch of people willing to volunteer out of Portland, Oregon and out of San Francisco, but we need coordinators for each of those cities. I will be going out to the west coast the middle of next month, so please contact Mary at lovedbyhim1026@gmail.com so I don’t have to cancel those portions of the trip if you can act as a coordinator.

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I thought you should see perhaps the finest homily I have read to this point on recent events in America and the world. It is by Fr. Peter Mitchell, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Greenville, Wisconsin. He gave it on the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, just two weeks ago. Here it is:

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” – Abraham Lincoln

My dear parishioners…

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The Flaming Sword of Judgment

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By Charlie Johnston

“I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I…

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The Encounter With Islam

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(Over the last week I have noticed a certain edginess creeping into the comment section. These are trying times. When people are on edge or in sustained suspense, that happens. But it is important to me that this site’s comment section be something of a foreshadowing of how people will treat each other after the Rescue. So I am going to start a moratorium today on comments that include direct criticisms of or insults to other commenters. 

I am concerned that in the near future, the progressive left is going to have more than a few new opportunities to blame Christians, peaceful gun owners and others of their usual suspects for Jihadist attacks. As we are on the precipice, I want to take extra care that this is a place where we build each other up rather than tear each other down. 

Today, I repeat a column I wrote last…

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Times of Fulfillment

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The Children Of Fatima_1By Charlie Johnston

Over the weekend, we suffered the worst Islamist attack on American soil since 9-11 when a Jihadist shot up a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tally was 49 dead and 53 wounded when I sat down to write this. All too predictably, the left exploded in rage against the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and demanded stricter gun control laws. They neglect to mention that the Paris attacks brought over twice as many casualties – in a country that has more stringent gun control laws than even the most unhinged leftist state in America. The president helpfully explained at the end of his remarks that we all need to look within ourselves and be more tolerant of gays. Some of the left trotted out their usual canard warning against “religious extremism” while worrying that this may cause a backlash against the “religion of peace.” Next to no…

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