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Everyone says 2024 will be a wild ride, and I, for one, am excited! Didn’t you always want to go on the biggest, scariest roller coaster at the fair? Wasn’t the longest line always for the “E” ticket rides? The merry-go-round is a luxury, as long as the devil has so much power. We were made for the Comet Coaster at this time in history.
Everything we’ve learned in the past goes on steroids this year. All the stops will be pulled out before November, so keep on using cash, consulting independent journalists, and praying like your life depends on it. Strap in and let’s roll in 2024!
Opinions expressed in this newsletter, unless otherwise attributed, are my own.
From the cockpit of the Subaru
CORAC founder Charlie Johnston travels from coast to coast in his trusty Outback to speak in person to those now weathering the Storm.
A SIGN OF HOPE BLOG
The Hope of
the New Year
Many have commented that my piece going into the New Year was very dark. I understand how it might seem that way, but it more >
Jesse Romero and Scott Maczuga on Christian warriors. This is great stuff! more >
Is Not Over
Yes, I’m tired of hearing about it, too, but it’s not over by a long shot… more >
15 Conspiracy Theories That Are True
Vigilant Fox recently put out a list of “conspiracy theories” that turned out to be reality…
Healthcare At Home
There are now two organizations that will allow you to stock up on prescription medications ahead of…
The Vatican Sideshow
Who can keep up with the declarations, the declaration to avoid clarifying declarations… more >
As the curator of our parish library, I am coming into contact with some outstanding books… more >
What Is Changed?
Nothing is changed and everything is changed.
The fall of the Roman Republic was cushioned by preserving the forms of freedom while draining those forms of all substance. The people still had senators and representatives. They could still speak. But their representatives and their speech were powerless against the imperial will of the emperor. Many did not figure out all they had lost until the cynical Emperor Caligula contemptuously appointed his horse to the Senate.
The most effective way to deprive a people of something they cherish is to preserve the little rituals surrounding that object while removing the reality of the object. Even some serial killers take great pains to soothe and mollify their intended victims, the better to take them suddenly with little fuss.
There is an obverse to this, too. If you want to introduce an offensive innovation to which people object strenuously, carefully reaffirm the substance of community values while introducing the form by which you would subvert those values. This brings us, of course, to Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican’s careful preservation of the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman while expanding how blessings can be offered. Amazingly, while emphasizing the traditional definition of marriage, the Vatican now approves of exactly the form that would be used to bless illicit unions.
The response of clerics throughout the world has, roughly, fallen into three categories. The smallest, but perhaps most enthusiastic response, has been from homosexual activists and their allies who have exuberantly asserted that homosexual couples may now have their relationship blessed. The majority of Bishops have noted that, while couples of any stripe may now be blessed, it still applies to each, individually, because the definition of marriage has not changed a whit. The blessing can only apply to the individuals because it would be impossible to bless a sinful union. This majority is right, of course, but not on as firm a ground as they would like to be. For many of them it is a form of passive resistance, hearing only the reaffirmation of settled doctrine while ignoring the mutilation of form.
That can be an effective strategy. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev had sent both a very inflammatory and a conciliatory message to the United States. While the cabinet puzzled over how to respond to this, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy was reputed to suggest that the president respond to the conciliatory message while ignoring the inflammatory one, which is exactly what Pres. Kennedy did. It worked – and successfully began de-escalating the crisis.
A very large number, though not a majority, of Bishops have engaged in active resistance by rejecting the document altogether – including almost every Bishop in Africa. These Bishops recognize that Fiducia Supplicans is a transitional document, setting the table for overt blessing of disordered unions sometime in the future. It is important to note that both those Bishops who have chosen passive and those who have chosen active resistance are objectively accurate in their assessments. This is a dispute about tactics, not substance. The only clerics who are objectively wrong in their interpretation of the document are those who enthusiastically insist they are now able to bless irregular unions.
Priests have always been able to licitly bless any individual, even an Adolf Hitler or an Al Capone, for an individual blessing is a call to greater Christian fidelity in that person. Priests are also able to bless groups, but that is a bit trickier – for the blessing implicitly encompasses whatever it is that unites that group. Thus, Priests will gladly bless a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or almost any recovery group, for it is a call to greater growth in their stated purpose. They will bless a group of Missionaries getting ready to go forth. Any group whose purpose is to do something good to grow in holiness and order will be easily and quickly blessed. But few, if any, Priests would bless the Man-Boy Love Assn. or a convention of contract killers, for they know, instinctively, that a group blessing implicitly encompasses the purpose of the group. The immediate peril of this document is that it robs blessings of their efficacy. When you say that you can licitly bless couples in an illicit union because the definition of marriage is unchanged – so it doesn’t mean anything – you imply that blessings, themselves, don’t mean anything.
The grave danger for this Vatican is that this document has united the overwhelming majority of Bishops throughout the world into resistance, whether passive or active. While not quite the ‘Bud Light-Dylan Mulvaney’ moment for the Vatican, it neatly sets the stage for that moment.
Those who say this changes nothing about the definition of marriage are right. Those who say this changes everything about the meaning of blessings are also right. As Charles Dickens once said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
Above all, it is a time of great confusion – perhaps intentionally so. Whether choosing to hunker down and wait for the confusion to pass or to act now to put an end to the confusion, the great majority of the Bishops of the world have decided that the confusion shall not long stand. Christ reasserts Himself in His Church – and the darkness shall not prevail.
If communication goes out for any length of time, meet outside your local Church at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Tell friends at Church now, in case you can’t then. CORAC teams will be out looking for people to gather in and work with.
A Sign of Hope Blog
Charlie’s putting out some great analysis and forecasts lately!
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Charlie’s short reflections on video.
Vaxx Damage Is Not Over
Yes, I’m tired of hearing about it, too, but it’s not over by a long shot. It is, in fact, getting worse. Excess mortality has been high and climbing ever since early 2021, when the shots were rolled out and all the propaganda ramped up. Instead of gradually settling back down, the all-cause mortality curve has continued to rise, a full three years after the vaxx campaign began. The covid vaxx has caused harm to cardiovascular, neurological, and immunological systems, as well as causing fast turbo-cancers that don’t respond to treatment. How do we know it’s the vaxx? The numbers jumped after a population-wide event in early 2021, and it wasn’t Tampa Bay winning the Super Bowl.
One chart showing the effect on cancer cases. The charts for cardiovascular, neurological and all-cause are similar.
The Number 1 cause of non-COVID natural death right now is coded “Unknown.” But we do know.
Proof of Vaxx Deaths
One of the hardest-working investigators and truth tellers about the Vaxx is Steve Kirsch. In the following article, he uses data from Health New Zealand to estimate that there is about 1 death in 1000 due to the shot. The data of four other countries, including the US, support his conclusions.
These are fast-acting cancers that are resistant to known therapies. Read more about them, and how you can help the people in your life who have taken the vaxx. There are actually some things that can help, if you can persuade your vaccinated loved ones to try them. Unfortunately, taking the shot seems to have made people unyielding in their belief that the vaxx is effective against covid and not harmful in the long term.
15 Covid Conspiracies That Are True
Vigilant Fox recently put out a list of “conspiracy theories” that turned out to be reality. It’s healthy to be a conspiracy theorist, it seems. See the full list with links here >
The list includes proof that Ivermectin is effective against not only covid, but cancer; masks actually increased the risk of contracting disease; natural immunity is 7x more effective than the vaxx against covid; email proof that the Biden White House hid vaccine harms from the public; hospitals murdered covid patients; Pfizer hid vaccine deaths in order to get the Emergency Use Authorization; modRNA does in fact alter the genome; and billions of DNA fragments per dose have been discovered in the Pfizer and Moderna shots.
Healthcare At Home
There are now two organizations that will allow you to stock up on prescription medications ahead of any supply chain crisis. You pay out-of-pocket, but honestly, I more than happy to use my health care dollars outside of any insurance system or government agency. Both emphasize that they are not substitutes for regular medical care.
Jase Medical, first on the scene, sells a handy case of 5 common antibiotics after you complete a health screening. You can also get up to a 12-month supply of critical meds that you couldn’t survive without, like insulin for diabetics. With the purchase of the Jase Case, you can also add on additional meds like Ivermectin. See a full list here >
I have the basic Jase Case, $270, and have used it.
The Wellness Company is a broader health care approach. You can purchase emergency meds, but you can also get a one-time consult with a high-level doc for $60, or regular consults with their monthly subscription service. Their medical board includes Drs. Peter McCullough, Harvey Risch and Heather Gessling. You can also get supplements and articles on many topics related to health, including nutrition. Visit their site >
I have just ordered the TWC Emergency kit, $300, which includes 5 antibiotics as well as Zofran and Ivermectin.
The Vatican Sideshow
Who can keep up with the declarations, clarifications, and threats of further declarations that will require further clarifications? There seems to be a strategy: the Vatican puts out so much heterodoxy that people can’t keep up. The whole “contextual theology” has slipped under the radar, as the uproar over Fiducia Supplicans takes center stage. This strategy will destroy trust in the doctrinal aspect of the Church for some time to come.
To think that the beautiful office formerly occupied by Cardinals Ratzinger and Mueller now houses a dabbler in theology who boasts his pornography in theological terms, is almost more than I can stomach. Fernandez and Rupnick are only the flavors of the month in a long line of unsavory clerics protected by the man in charge.
Leila Miller in Crisis calls them dirty old men. I think every girl can intuit what men are safe, and what men, dangerous. Girls instinctively avoid dirty old men. You can see it in some photos of Biden with young girls, the way they shrink away from him.
When it comes to the current Vatican, we need to follow our instincts: those men are simply gross. Shrink away from them. Goodness and wisdom are not going to suddenly fall out of the mouths of confirmed deviants.
Years ago, I determined who I could trust in the Church, and I am just watching them, not the clown show. I include Cardinals Sarah, Burke, Mueller, and Bishop Strickland as trustworthy shepherds.
Many of the political prisoners have now spent 1.000 days in jail, some in solitary, some still waiting on their Constitutional Sixth Amendment right to a “speedy trial.” Many have taken plea deals, just to get home more quickly, though they are not guilty. The videos that would prove exculpatory for many have still not been released. It is a travesty from start to finish, but the truth is slowly leaking out.
A new film, “J6: A True Timeline,” uses video footage with timestamp to establish what actually happened and when. It’s an hour long.
The filmmakers say we should be asking these questions:
How did protestors die and why?
- How is the government misrepresenting “restricted area” to convict Americans?
- How many protestors really knew they were entering restricted areas?
- Do Americans know the Capitol police were told prior to Jan. 6 not to use munitions on the crowds?
- Were the police prepared to handle the crowds that day?
- What really happened at the “tunnel” on Jan. 6. and how did Roseanne Boyland die?
- Why did Officer Byrd shoot Ashli Babbitt when she was flanked from behind by Metro police?
- Why are police heard on videos saying they were “set up?”
- Why does whistleblower Tarik Johnson say that Capitol Police intelligence officer Yogananda Pittman is largely responsible for the chaos on Jan. 6, not former President Donald J. Trump?
As the curator of our parish library, I am coming into contact with some outstanding books. Allow me to share some of the best I’ve seen lately:
- Credo by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Very clear, faithful, unapologetic catechism of our faith.
- He Gave Us So Much by Cardinal Robert Sarah. A tribute to Pope Benedict XVI.
- Murder in the 33rd Degree by Fr. Charles Murr. A story of the investigation into Freemasonry in the Vatican.
- That Was Father Stu by Fr. Bart Tolleson. The real story written by a close friend.
- The Last Mass of Padre Pio by Alessandro Gnocchi. Padre Pio and the liturgy.
- Vatican Confidential by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller. Reflections on the past twenty years in Rome.
- Who Believes Is Not Alone by Bishop Georg Ganswein. A memoir of service to Pope Benedict XVI
- Voyage to Alpha Centauri by Michael O’Brien. Science fiction with a Catholic edge.
Mother Cabrini Coming Soon
Angel Studios is bringing another great film for those who want their entertainment to inspire and not just titillate. St. Francis Cabrini, who built the Catholic hospital system in America that has now been so compromised, is the shining star of this film. And maybe we need a dose of her courage and compassion to restore a civilization of love in this new world. The film will arrive in theatres on March 8. I have high hopes of this film.
The 10 News Stories You Didn’t Hear This Week
The Ten Stories series has become so popular, you can now listen to it on video >
Items are being added all the time. Keep exploring!
NEW! Defense League
A new initiative of CORAC. Check out the latest posts about securing your home, arming yourself and mentally preparing for a societal collapse. The last two episodes of CORAC’s Reveille podcast also contribute to this topic.
January Prayer Intentions
As we enter 2024, that we prayerfully and attentively watch what God is doing as “[He] weav[es] together one of the great stories in salvation history. [May we] be less certain, more curious, and more eager to learn the lessons He is teaching us.” Let us not “in our eagerness to show how much we know and how clever we are . . . entirely miss the master class God is now giving us on how He redeems His people[.]” (Quotes from CJ, ASOH blog, 12/31/2023)
That many people be healed in body, mind, and spirit through the online Physical Healing Prayer Session via Zoom, at the end of this month (date to be decided) and through many other healing prayer ministries in which CORAC members are engaged
That we be guided in helpfully assisting the pastors of our local churches to respond to inquirers seeking God for the first time or returning to the Church after being away
That all of our loved ones will return (or come to) the fervent and joyful practice of our Judeo-Christian faith as quickly as possible
That our daily spiritual journeys to holiness be nourished by God’s abundant grace: for more focused meditations, more pointed fasting, and more selfless charity to others ~ all to honor God’s great love for us!
That existing and new CORAC members may strongly desire and find the means to participate in financial support for our vital ministries
For all intentions carried in the hearts of CORAC members and those posted on the CORAC Prayer Hotline, with gratitude for prayers answered in our daily lives.
St. Gabriel, enlighten us.
St. Michael, defend us.
St. Raphael, protect us.
Ave Maria, Stella Maris!