Issue #9 – May 6, 2022
Church Militant & Resistance
Watch the latest episode recorded 05/05/22… more >
A Million Small Victories
These are tasks that literally anyone can do… more >
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Stay Cool Under Pressure
We are all operating under tremendous strain right now … more >
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
News That’s Buried
Keep up with dozens of stories that the media refuses to cover… more >
It’s clear to me that many people are past their “overwhelm” setting, red-lined on multiple battle fronts. They’re just trying to hold it all together, with little left over for freedom fighting. I am past overwhelmed myself. Somehow, we have to dig deeper. We have a window of opportunity right now to change the fate of the world, but the window is closing. Evil is unveiling itself.
I am dedicating this issue of the newsletter to restoring, refreshing, encouraging and emboldening our ranks. Included in the “Other Items” section are some rousing words to inspire us. We all need the encouragement, and we all need some rest, however brief. So take a deep breath. Breathe in courage. We march on the morrow.
– Sheryl Collmer, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the cockpit of the Subaru
Charlie traverses the country at the wheel of his trusty 2002 Outback to speak personally to crowds from one coast to the other.
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Through Wind and Waves
By Charlie Johnston, founder of CORAC
As the waves of our tempestuous culture boil and churn with ever greater agitation and chop, the winds of change now howl around us with apocalyptic fury. At the time this is written, I do not know how widespread disruptions of Sunday Masses around the country will be. Certainly, the pro-abortion forces threaten to go after Catholics particularly to vent their blistering rage that they might lose their “precious.” Frankly, if pro-aborts want to blame Catholics for ending Roe v Wade, I’m kind of flattered – but wish there were more evidence to support our culpability.
It is now so clear that the top leftist and globalist officials in the West want to inflame the war in Ukraine that even Noam Chomsky says that the only major western figure calling for negotiation and peace anymore is Donald Trump. Didn’t see that one coming. Meantime, since the left figures they are likely to lose the ability to control the narrative with Twitter, the Biden forces have decided to set up their own Ministry of Truth (the Disinformation Governance Board) to police what Americans say. Waiting in the wings is the Div. of Environmental Justice in the (In)Justice Dept.
Ah yes, the wind and waves are whipping up, indeed. But they are distractions to what each of us who take our Christianity are called. Remember, St. Peter was doing fine as he walked across the waters so long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. It was only when he got distracted and scared by the wind and waves surrounding him that he started sinking. The devil is in a fury, shouting “boogety-boogety” at all of us in desperate hope that he can scare at least some of us out of our wits that we might start sinking beneath the waves. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
We can’t stop the left’s eagerness for war; we are probably going to be targeted for persecution by the self-proclaimed guardians of tolerance, and the wheels of effective national governance are grinding and squealing – about to pop a bearing or four. What we can do is stay focused on the simple things right in front of us. Start a garden. Learn to communicate via ham radio. Talk to a neighbor. Who knew that holding a backyard barbecue would become an act of defiance in America? We can continue to weave the bonds of friendship and solidarity with those people around us, forming a great spiritual prayer cloth to the Lord. But we can’t do it if we let the wind and waves scare us into forgetting who we are called to be – and sinking.
You will see many frightful things in the days ahead. But the only effective response to this is to do your daily work with trust that the Lord is carrying us to a peaceful cove at the end of this terrible voyage. The answer is what I have told you from the start – perhaps the most prophetic thing I have ever spoken: Acknowledge God, Take the Next Right Step, and Be a Sign of Hope to Those Around You. That will serve Christ and beat the devil.
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A Million Small Victories
These are tasks that literally anyone can do. Pick one and do it this week.
- Talk to a stranger, friend or family member about what is going on in the country.
- Make a phone call, or send an email or letter to an elected official.
- Hand out flyers in parking lots or public places.
- Have block parties to build community in your neighborhood.
- Wave flags at busy intersections.
- Pray the rosary publicly, Join an existing group or form your own.
- Help the J6 political prisoners.
EVERY SMALL ACTION CONTRIBUTES TO THE VICTORY!
EVERY SUNDAY – CORAC HF Radio Net Broadcast
The CORAC Communications Team conducts two High Frequency (HF) net broadcasts every Sunday.
1st Broadcast is at 7:30 pm (ET) on frequency 14.277 MHz with an alternative of 14.285 MHz (if 14.277 MHz is busy).
2nd Broadcast is at 8:00 pm (ET) on frequency 7.284.1 MHz.
If you receive the broadcast, let the Communications Team know here >
Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day
ARRL Field Day is the fourth weekend of June, (June 25, 2022) when thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Contact your local radio club and make plans to take part, or at least observe, the activities on June 25.
Some new posts on the website:
Tinctures from Spring Foraged Herbs (Video Class)
In this class you will learn about tinctures made from several common herbs as highlighted in Mick's Spring Foraging Diary, presented by CORAC's...
Mick’s Spring Foraging Diary
Marilyn (CORAC's Sustainable Living team lead) asked me to write something about the herbs that are ready for harvesting in many parts of the...
Herbs for Medicinal Purposes
Some of the best herbs to grow (or forage) for medicinal purposes are: Grouped in order of USDA hardiness zones. Name, hardiness zone; growing...
Stay Cool Under Pressure
We are all operating under tremendous strain right now, and it may be a while before the world stabilizes. We have to learn how to stay calm under pressure, no matter what happens. Prayer is the number one necessity, and here are some other good ideas for calming your mind, emotions and body: read more >
Speaking of keeping our peace under pressure, journaling is a time-tested way to grow spiritually… and also keep your mental health. If you feel like everything is just too much, try writing. Sometimes you can write your way to solutions you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of (this happens to me all the time) and for sure, journaling helps with self-examination and honesty. read more >
Gardening Education Series
New gardening class coming up! If you register for the live class, you get to ask questions and get the downloads, but if you can’t attend, the videos will be posted on the website afterward.
Cool Weather Gardening (Gardening Series, session 4)
May 21, 3:00 Eastern
Signup here for the Gardening Series – Session 4 >
Another interesting tidbit from the Sustainable Living section of the website
For those who live in small spaces without spacious yards, you can still grow a hearty garden!
It’s a clever idea, and you plant it just like a regular garden, with regular potting soil; it’s not a hydroponic. The classic 5-tier planter is $109. You can get seeds, fertilizer and accessories on the website, too (though I am partial to this link >)
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap is one of those products that has a bezillion uses and is always good to have on hand.
Don’t ignore the possibility of food shortages. The factors are in place. Buy a little extra every time you go to the store. If you can afford to buy large stores, do it now. If you’ve decided it’s a good idea, do not procrastinate.
How to set up your own home apothecary. I’ve been growing medicinal herbs, and now I need help putting them to practical use. Here are some tips from the Indie Herbalist >
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
Random stuff I just felt like sharing
Proud To Be A Prolife Catholic
As we head into a weekend of threatened ambushes on the Holy Mass in Catholic churches across the country, I strangely feel proud. The Catholic Church is the known opposition to abortion and ritual child sacrifice. No other church was specifically targeted by the “Ruth Sent Us” brigade of raging, pro-death women.
That is the work of faithful, stalwart warriors for the last 50 years: half a lifetime of Catholics standing up for life, marching in rallies, praying the rosary on sidewalks, doing the healing work of Rachel. We will someday see the Heavenly parade of the pro-life faithful, attended by millions of souls of sacrificed children. I want to be there for that number.
When Roe was decided in Dallas, Texas in 1973, I was in high school. We didn’t know then what we know now: that clinics were already set up before the decision was handed down, assembly line affairs with folding cots and no privacy. One of the largest clinics opened up directly across the street from our parish. The Catholic outrage was marshalled into all-day protests, and that particular clinic was forced to relocate. That original group, composed mostly of Catholic moms, flowered into a strong pro-life organization that succeeded in shutting down many clinics in Dallas over the years.
We didn’t yet know the strange story of Norma McCorvey, who was persuaded to be “Jane Roe” by unscrupulous attorneys looking for a test case. Norma never had the abortion, thank God, even as she became the name of the abortion movement. She was delicate, though she tried to project an image of righteous rage and female power. The affection of a child finally broke through her anger, and she was baptized by Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Rescue. Years later, she was received quietly into the Catholic Church, under the spiritual direction of Fr. Edward Robinson, O.P.
In 1973, we didn’t yet have ultrasound images of the fetus, we didn’t know the role that Satanism played, we didn’t have the intel yet about the harvesting of fetal body parts for profit. We knew abortion was evil, but we were still a bit naïve.
But Catholics showed up to the battle. Over the last 49 years, Catholics have spent literally millions of hours praying and working for the unborn. Some have gone to prison. Some have lost their livelihoods. None have received due recognition for their efforts. Truly, I think dedicated pro-lifers are the most selfless people I know. They are all about the children and the wounded parents, and they work against overwhelming odds with little thought for themselves.
Be proud of your Church if you encounter the anger of the Culture of Death. The Magisterium of the Church has never changed on the issue of life, and it never will. Catholics are still showing up to the battle.
Proud Of The Bishop of Tyler
An amici curiae (friends of the Court) brief was filed in 2021 in the Dobbs v Jackson case that has now taken over public attention. The parties to the brief were Bishop Joseph Strickland and the Diocese of Tyler, Dr. Alveda C. King, Deacon Keith Fournier of Tyler, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the Frederick Douglass Foundation, and the Common Good Foundation. The brief outlines the origin of the abortion movement in eugenics, and the nullification of any presumed “right to abortion” when racially motivated.
Read the whole Brief for Amici Curiae African-American, Hispanic, Roman Catholic and Protestant Religious and Civil Rights Organizations and Leaders Supporting Petitioners here >
The Dangerous WHO Treaty
Take this very seriously: the Biden regime is due to hand over health care and national sovereignty to the World Health Organization later this month. Yes, you read that right. If passed, the WHO will have power over our nation during any “health emergency,” which the WHO Director-General is free to declare unilaterally and without our consent.
The takeover of our country is nearly accomplished with this treaty. The WHO Conference takes place May 22-26.
The WHO plans for 10 years of pandemics from 2020 to 2030 (30 minutes)
Pfizer’s Latest Data Dump
Under court order, Pfizer released its latest installment of data, right around the same time the Roe draft opinion was leaked. What was revealed? In 80,000 pages that almost no one is reporting on, the vaxx was shown to have a 12% efficacy rating, not the 95% that the loathsome Fauci claimed. No human trials were done to test the safety for pregnant women. Over 1,200 people died in the first month of the trials. They knew.
Climate Change Is Not A Settled Science
It’s good to be prepared, as climate change seems to be another “pandemic,” a piece of pseudo-science that depends on the fearmongering of the media to get us to exchange our liberty for safety from the bogeyman.
The People’s Convoy
The Convoy is still going strong, making its way back east to Washington, after rallies in California and Washington state. They’re in Montana tonight, and should be in Washington in about a week. Stay current with them at: www.thepeoplesconvoy.org
Convoy leadership said that they’ve learned some lessons, and they are coming back to Washington “with teeth.” They intend to confront those we elected to serve us, who totally ignore our interests now that they’re in office. The Convoy asks all citizens to come to Washington, to do their part in reminding our representatives that they work for us. Stay tuned…
My movie review is here > and contains links to the video you can watch at home.
There’s a reason the Roe leak occurred on the same evening as the world release of this film. It’s the same reason why Rumble experienced existential attacks on Friday, the day before the film was due to be released on that platform.
No, I Will Not Comply
An anonymous Texas teacher on Telegram
Just think about this in your head: how bad do things have to get before you do something? Do they have to take away all your property? Do they have to license every activity that you want to engage in? Do they have to be throwing you on cattle cars before you start to say, “Now wait a minute, I don’t think this is a good idea.” How long is it going to be before you resist and say, “No, I will not comply.” Period. It’s a different answer for each person. Ask yourself now because sooner or later you’re going to come to that line. And when they cross it, what are you going to say, “Well ok, cross this line. Ok, now cross that line. Ok, now cross this line.” Pretty soon, you’re in a corner.
Sooner or later, you’ve got to draw a line and stand your ground, whether anyone lese does or not. That is what liberty is all about.
Apathy Is The Death Of Freeom
David “Santa” Ridell of the People’s Convoy twice featured on CORAC podcast
There are so many enemies of freedom, but none more dangerous than apathy. To clearly see the erosion of our individual liberties, and destruction of our way of life, by the people we call our representatives, should make every red-blooded American rise up and demand that every politician resign in disgrace. Instead, we refuse to admit our complicity in this decline, and more tragically, our role in reclaiming our rights and liberties. We willingly bury our head in our work, hobby, or other entertainment, erroneously believing that America is above falling.
On March 3rd, I joined the Convoy, where no one knew my name. I joined with people I’d never met, and threw my whole heart into this fight. In due course, I’ve formed a bond with my fellow laborers in this battle, and though most of them still do not know my name, they keep calling me Santa. I love them deeply, and I see their love for me. Around me tonight are my Brothers and Sisters, for they have too answered this call. They’ve found their place in our ranks, happy to serve at any level, and I’ve seen many here, rise to a level of value that even they never knew they had in them. The common denominator I’ve seen in all of these great men and women is, they believe in, and serve the cause. They’re not here for their own freedom; they’re here for everyone’s freedom. They serve each other, encourage each other, even correct each other, with love for this cause of freedom.
I have had so many people come up to me, with tears in their eyes; they have hugged me and thanked me for what I am doing to fight for their freedoms. I have been moved to tears myself at these encounters, but I must ask you, what am I doing that you cannot do as well? Have I special skills that allow me to join The People’s Convoy, that you do not possess as well? Have I not a family at home, a business to run, an aging mother whom I will never be able to reclaim this lost time with? What makes me so special that I have been given the armor of a freedom fighter? How have I been uniquely chosen to bear the burden of a front line Patriot? The answer is: I’m not special. I’m not unique. I’m not gifted, or talented. I simply saw the need, and laid down everything, and joined.
What is freedom worth to you? Is it worth your time? Is it worth your job, business, education, home, or vehicle? Do we straddle the fence, “supporting” those who labor on the front line, yet appeasing our conscience by attending a People’s Convoy rally, or meet and greet? Or do you answer this call?
You need no special skills or training to join us. Just bring your God-given talents and come. Don’t look back later and say, “I wish I would have done more.” Sadly, it will be too late then. Don’t let apathy be the death of Freedom.
Keep Your Head Up
Dr. Judy Mikivits on Telegram
You need to give yourself more credit. Yes, YOU. Some of you, today, are doubting what you’ve done to fight this fight. Some of you, today, are wishing you’d stepped up sooner. Pushed back harder. Fought more battles.
I’m telling you, you need to give yourself more credit. You’re here. You didn’t get the vaccine. You stopped wearing the masks. You told your friends and family what you REALLY think. You tried to help them see things too.
You might’ve lost friends. Some of you lost spouses. Some of you haven’t spoken to your children in far too long. Some of you haven’t spoken to your siblings or parents in far too long. Not because you chose to, but because they left you. They thought you’d lost your mind. That you supported a “racist”. That you peddled conspiracy theories. That you were endangering them.
You’ve been kicked off platforms. Some of you have lost your jobs or been pushed so hard you had to find new ones. Some of you have been fined, harassed and even assaulted. Yet you’re still here.
You’re still here. You’re fighting for the truth. You’re searching for the truth. You don’t care how ugly it is. No subject is off limits for you. All you want to do is know what’s true and to be left alone to live in your God-given freedoms.
You pray. Not just for yourself, but for your enemies too. Your heart cries out in pain because you feel. You still feel and you see the world suffering.
Give yourself credit. You may not have gone to a protest. You may not have called a Congressman. You may not have gone to a school board meeting. You may not have sent money to someone in need. But you ARE still here. And you need to know that you matter, and you are still making a difference. Give yourself credit for that.
Just don’t go back to sleep. Don’t tune everything out. Don’t get the jab. Don’t wear the masks. Stand your ground in the ways you’ve already done. You’ve proven you can do it. Keep doing it.
You know you’re on the side of truth, and guess what? That’s God’s side. God made it clear that we must always seek what is true. Do you doubt the truth? You know you don’t. So don’t doubt yourself either. You’ve got this. We’ve got this. But most of all, GOD’S got this!
Don’t give up now. Keep your head up, warrior. You’ve done more than you give yourself credit for.
A Remarkable Time To Be An American
General Michael Flynn
What a remarkable time to be an American. This is not to say that other generations have not been called upon to defend the legacy of the blessings of liberty and self-governance our forefathers passed on to us; rather, it is our generation, at this very time, that will determine — once again — the destiny of our nation. Of that, I am sure.
As I travel across this country, I often emphasize in my remarks that now is the time for all of us to choose the harder right decision over the easier path. By that I mean that if we are to fulfill the legacy of our Founding Fathers, we must be willing to be courageous and accountable and demand accountability from our government’s leaders. It takes inner courage to hold oneself accountable and a fearlessness to get into the fight when the easier thing to do is leave it to others.
Our forefathers did not relent when challenged by the powerful British Empire. They were willing to give up their lives and all they owned for what they knew would be seen by the Crown as a treasonous act. They were among the most courageous people in human history, and they held each other, and themselves, accountable for their actions. Just look at the Declaration of Independence. Each of the 56 men who put their names on this precious document had basically signed their own warrant for arrest — and maybe worse.
In clear defiance of the ruling class and knowing that they would be held to account, they broke with the Crown, proclaiming that the birth of a new nation based on individual rights and limited government was now a stark reality.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
And yet, less than a month after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Samuel Adams urged his comrades, “Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” Later that same year, Benjamin Franklin wrote a friend, “I hope our people will keep up their courage. I have no doubt of their finally succeeding by the blessing of GOD, nor have I any doubt that so good a cause will fail of that blessing.”
They had great faith — and hoped — that future generations would see it as their duty to protect and fight for freedom as they had and have the courage to hold government accountable. Without the demonstration of both, Americans would stand to lose everything to tyranny.
We all honor the courage of our Founding Fathers as we should. But today, our generation needs new acts of courage. We are at a tipping point in the history of America. It is our turn. Destiny calls us to act with courage and accountability to pass the torch of freedom to our children and grandchildren or lose it all. There is no other way. The destiny of America will be decided once again, not along the path you walked upon yesterday, but along which path you choose to walk on tomorrow.
And I am telling you, I’m inspired by what I’m seeing in my travels through our great country. People are rising to the occasion and fighting back. They’re demanding accountability and are making themselves accountable. Pastors are speaking up and standing taller than ever before at the pulpit. I’m seeing more and more veterans run for elected office and taking on other leadership positions to take accountability for themselves and for this country. You don’t stop serving just because you are out of uniform. And if you’ve been in uniform, you know when courage and accountability are needed; and when you do, you stand up, step up, speak up and lead.
It’s not just veterans and pastors speaking out and stepping forward. Men and women from all walks of life are showing the courage of our forefathers — business leaders, teachers, football coaches, small business owners and parents. Our Founders showed us the way to choose the harder right decision over the easier path. They laid the foundation with our founding documents — the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These documents are not mere words, they are the fulfillment of the promises we make to each other as American citizens. And, through our founder’s faith in God and each other, they passed on to future generations the lessons and, yes, the promises of their lifetime that to the end, freedom and liberty were worth the fight. Indeed, what a remarkable time to be alive and, even better, what a remarkable time to be an American.
More Good News From Africa
Dr. Mike Yeadon calls this the most optimistic story he’s read in over two years: what it looks like when 50 million people keep their common sense and just get on with their lives. We could do this, too!
It’s the intentional and methodical act of bringing your mind and heart to God, so that you may dwell on Him. Don’t let the M-word scare you; Catholics have been meditating for centuries. This is a good helper if you have issues with distraction or discouragement or spinning-mind syndrome where a million thoughts compete for your immediate attention.
The Catechism Series
Members are loving the new Catechism sessions with Desmond Birch. Sessions 1-5 are now up on the website. See what’s up here >
Desmond is one of the foremost living eschatologists (The Last Things) in the Church, perhaps best known for his encyclopedic work, “Trial, Tribulation and Triumph: Before, During and After Antichrist.”
May Prayer Intentions
- For Charlie, his health, family, work, safe travel, blessed meetings and connections, and for all his personal intentions
- For all CORAC members, their families and intentions, particularly those who are going through trials at this time.
- For a dome of protection over the people and good works of CORAC as we make our stand with God… and for the Holy Spirit’s fire within each member to ignite a firm resolve to do the little each one can do, contributing to the good that overcomes evil.
- For a hearty response to CORAC’s current fundraising campaign.
- For a renewed outpouring of Christ’s peace as we survey the landscape of country and world, observing the breakdown in the old ways while the Dawn of a New Beginning emerges in our very prayers and deeds.
- For people everywhere to awaken to the reality that God loves them, is calling them to Himself and that we, in CORAC and all believers beyond our ranks, respond by seeking His Grace to fully tend – both in corporal and spiritual ways – to those in our presence.
- That fear is banished as we “… become accustomed to thinking that all is lost, while doing the best we can and trusting God to come through – in His time and in His way, seeking actively to find what we have missed.”
St. Gabriel, enlighten us.
St. Michael, defend us.
St. Raphael, protect us.
Ave Maria, Stella Maris!
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