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September 29, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor
We have a wonderful lineup of articles for you this week.  In particular I recommend Conscience, COVID Vaccines and the Common Good by Msgr. Charles Pope.  He writes:

"Whatever 'familiarity' vaccine mandates may evoke, we in the Church still have a stance and have been teaching that conscience should be respected and that mandates 'must be voluntary.'  This tradition and teaching should not be controversial in Catholic circles, and it certainly should not be violated within our own institutions."

Bishop Robert Barron's "Hannah Arendt, totalitarianism, and the distinction between fact and fiction" is also a must-read.

"What opens the door to totalitarianism is the radical indifference to objective truth, for once objective value has been relativized or set aside entirely, then all that remain are wills competing for dominance.  And since the war of all against all is intolerable in the long run, the strongest will shall eventually emerge — and inevitably impose itself on the other wills.  In a word, totalitarianism will hold sway."

Joseph is recovering well — thank you all for your continued prayers!  My husband and I are becoming quasi-nurses as we learn how to care for him (he has both a tracheostomy and a gastrostomy tube).  It is daunting, but we are very motivated — we are hoping to bring him home in three or four weeks!

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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New Resources
The Light of the Martyrs' Lives
Sigrid Undset, Catherine of Siena
Christ taught us regarding himself: I am the way.
Conscience, COVID Vaccines and the Common Good
Msgr. Charles Pope, National Catholic Register
We have come to a new chapter in the COVID-19 crisis and conflict that has gripped our Church, this nation and the world.
Our Greatest Poet: Celebrating Dante after 700 Years
R. Jared Staudt, Denver Catholic
This year we celebrate the Year of Dante, marking 700 years since the poet’s death on September 14, 1321.
Know the Ways
Anthony Esolen, Magnificat
In our time, the saintly must prove itself to the political, which often stops up its ears. In the time of Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) it was often the other way around: the political had to prove itself to the saintly.
Hannah Arendt, totalitarianism, and the distinction between fact and fiction
Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire
Hannah Arendt worried about the blurring of distinctions between the real and the unreal, between truth and falsity.
Oedipus Rex in a Nutshell
Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is more than merely a tragedy.
Why do we desire what's bad for us?
Fr. Robert McTeigue, Aleteia
We have to learn 3 lessons about our appetites.
Editorials of Interest
The World Over: Remembering Fr. Neuhaus
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, the late, founding editor of First Things, from a June 2002 episode of The World Over discusses the clergy sex abuse crisis and his book, As I Lay Dying.
Denis McNamara: Sacred Architecture
The church as sacramental architecture.
Guild of St Clare: An Introduction
The Guild of St Clare was founded in 2010 to support priests celebrating the traditional Mass by mending and making their vestments, and to teach the skills needed to do it.
Why the Novus Ordo needs Gregorian Chant
First Things
In his recent motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis called the Novus Ordo Mass the "unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite."
700 Years of Dante's Divine Comedy in Art
The Public Domain Review
A man wakes deep in the woods, halfway through life.
Why 2021 is the Year of Dante
The Catholic Telegraph
Dante Alighieri died 700 years ago, and Italy is ready to celebrate the author whose epic poem through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven has influenced the art, imagination, and faith of so many down the centuries.
Pope rips EWTN 'work of the devil'
Catholic Culture
Pope Francis has lashed out at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), saying: "They are the work of the devil.”
Speaking Up
City Journal
A new bill offers hope of protecting free-speech rights at American universities.
Prayers, Not Thoughts
The Catholic Thing
"Words convey reality," wrote Josef Pieper, one of the great modern Catholic philosophers, reflecting on language's power.
Doctors Might Have Been Focusing on the Wrong Asthma Triggers
The Atlantic
The pandemic was a big social experiment that sent asthma attacks plummeting.
The other religious objection to the vaccine mandate
Crux reports on a group of Christian healthcare workers fighting New York's COVID vaccine mandate because there is no religious exemption.
Here's how to beat liberal censorship of ideas
Catholic Culture
In today's Wall Street Journal, my friend Tom Spence, president of Regnery Publishing (which brought out my book Lost Shepherd), lets loose on Banned Books Week.
How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion
The Federalist
Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can't survive free expression. That's why the First Amendment's a target.
How St. Helena Handled a Difficult Marriage
In my work against divorce, and in advocating for marriage permanence as Christ intended, I am regularly in contact with devastated men and women whose spouses have abandoned them.
St. John Henry Cardinal Newman
and St. Justin Martyr, pray for us.
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