The Seven Last Words of Christ

By Charles Johnston:

I love this traditional meditation, between this and stations of the cross, there’s no better way (in my opinion) to really enter in to the passion of Christ; to meditate and be with Jesus in His last hours.

Bishop Barron conducted a Tre Ore service at Saint Patrick’s cathedral a few years ago, and I would recommend anyone to take the time and listen to it, It’s available on CD on his website, but for those of us that don’t have a couple hours to spare, I wrote down my own 1minute meditation version. Continue reading “The Seven Last Words of Christ”

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The Indispensability of Ordinary Time

By Charles Johnston:

Why do we have a season in the Church Calendar, and it takes up a majority of the year, called Ordinary Time? Shouldn’t we want our short time on this earth to be extraordinary, and not simply ordinary?

Like everything else that the Church does, this unfortunate name has a very good reason. In Latin, the name of this time is Tempus per annum, and is translated as timeduring the year, but is usually rendered in English as Ordinary Time. Continue reading “The Indispensability of Ordinary Time”

The Perfect Prayer

Exploring the perfection of the Lord’s Prayer

By Charles Johnston:

What is the Perfect Prayer? Any time you speak to God from your heart, and remain in reverent silence to allow Him to speak to you, I’d say that’s a pretty good start.

We sometimes forget that prayer isn’t a one way street, it isn’t giving God a list of demands and then hanging up the phone. We have to remember that prayer isn’t a hostile negotiation, it’s a conversion in the context of a relationship. We have to approach God and speak with Him, not at Him.

But what about those times when we don’t really know what to say, or there’s a longing that we wish to express but just can’t find the right words? For these, and many other situations, I can’t think of a better way to pray than with the words our Savior gave us.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

By Charles Johnston:

I love Christmas music, but I don’t love modern Christmas music. I don’t have anything against secular Christmas songs like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer or Santa Claus is coming to town but they are far from being my favorites. Their biggest drawback being that they are about Christmas without Christ.

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My Journey Home


By Charles Johnston:

I’ve been asked many times about my conversion, what made me dissatisfied with the status quo in the churches I attended, what convinced me that the claims the Catholic Church made were true, what was the final “push” to jump into the current and swim the Tiber river?

I’ve answered each one to whoever asked, but I’ve never sat down and gave a “defense for the hope that is in me” (1 Peter 3:15), until now.

If you are interested in hearing the whole story, you can find it on the website for the Coming Home Network at this link Conversion Story

Question; The Brown Scapular (Objections to Sacramentals)


Full question from John:

Hi, I was speaking to a Protestant friend of mine and he was telling me that the Brown scapular goes against the Bible. Could you please give me an answer to give him? God bless. Continue reading “Question; The Brown Scapular (Objections to Sacramentals)”