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Author Archive: Charlie Johnson

Charlie hails from the deep green southern reaches of Birmingham, Alabama. Inspired by Catholic thinkers to re-write his reformed Protestant view of the faith, he began a journey that led him to confirmation and first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church in January 2015. Charlie has a B.A. in Religion and works in the legal profession by day, writing in his spare time. He married his lovely bride, Katie, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December 2015.

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De-Mystifying Mystical Theology: What It is and Why We Need It

August 31, AD2016 0 Comments
De-Mystifying Mystical Theology: What It is and Why We Need It

Catholic’s may not kick around the term “mystical theology” much these days, but it is far from a dead science. Spiritual Theology is another popular term for the same discipline, and you may be familiar with some of the folks writing on the topic expansively: men like Dan Burke of SpiritualDirection.com fame, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. and Catholic Stand’s […]

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Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

May 21, AD2016 4 Comments
Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

  Scrupulosity, in the Catholic sense, is the tendency to focus on our sins too much, forgetting Our Redeemer and His mercy in the process. It is the tendency to remember the law while forgetting the Law Giver. A person with “a case of the scruples” has likely forgotten that the law was made for […]

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How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

May 5, AD2016 1 Comment
How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

It was Our Lord who asked Peter three times, in rather unusual fashion: “Do you love me?” Peter answered three times, “yes – yes – yes.” And with each “yes”, Our Lord gave a command: Feed my lambs, Peter. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. If Peter really did love the Lord, then why did […]

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Making Much of God’s Mother

April 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Making Much of God’s Mother

Catholics do not worship Mary – a Marian skeptic may concede the point. But we Catholics give her far too much attention, some might say, and this is enough for the sirens to call in warning. It is true that Catholics make much of Mary, the Mother of God, and the reasons are both biblical […]

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How the Most Holy Rosary can Kill Your Sin

March 10, AD2016 7 Comments
How the Most Holy Rosary can Kill Your Sin

It is when I bring to mind the reality of my own fallenness and the shackling weight of sin that I am reminded of a secret weapon – one given to us as a loving gift from God. It is an old and powerful weapon forged in the fire of prayer. This weapon is the most […]

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Refugees: “A Shameful Wound of Our Time”?

November 21, AD2015 21 Comments
Refugees: “A Shameful Wound of Our Time”?

One doesn’t have to travel far to find a divergent opinion on the so called “Syrian refugee crisis”. The world is struggling to come up with a response. Our instinct is to love and show compassion for the refugee. This instinct is then sifted through religious perspectives and our national interests. The result of that sifting is a […]

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The Hope of Mercy: Be Not Afraid

November 17, AD2015 0 Comments
The Hope of Mercy: Be Not Afraid

“Be not afraid, just have faith.” – Jesus (Mark 5:36) At the beginning of his papacy the late John Paul II said these words: Be not afraid. He later said he could not anticipate what the Holy Spirit was saying in that moment, and what a profound message it would turn out to be for […]

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Private Revelations: What Are We to Believe?

November 2, AD2015 7 Comments
Private Revelations: What Are We to Believe?

I had the recent and fascinating pleasure of getting myself confused on-line with a fellow Catholic and so-called “seer” from Colorado named Charlie Johnston.* The reason for the confusion being obvious. And as may be expected, it made for an intriguing foray into what the man has to say about his purported messages from heaven. It also drew me […]

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A Sorrowful Mystery: Peace By Way of Desolation

October 21, AD2015 1 Comment
A Sorrowful Mystery: Peace By Way of Desolation

A dangerous prayer At the beginning of this Christian journey, a blossoming new-life ethic was not overwhelming, but it was hard. It was a light struggle, looking back, though I may not have said so at the time. The truth is that in the early days I could not have guessed what was on the […]

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