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October 28, 2020

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

By the time this newsletter goes out on Tuesday evening, we will be seven days away from the election here in the US.  David Warren predicts riots: apparently "56 percent of Americans [are] expecting 'civil war.'" But he still has hope for "eventual tranquility [because] even under intense provocation, the side that I frankly prefer seems to hold its fire, and accept election results.  Of course, there will be a few hotheads.  But in the main, people who believe in law and order tend to exhibit it.  Christians, traditionally, go quietly to their martyrdoms."  This is a bracing reminder that the earth is not our true home, and we need not fear that which cannot kill the soul.

Thomas Howard, writer, scholar, and convert to Catholicism, died on October 15th.  To Peter Kreeft, he was "A Friend and Mentor" and blended "head and heart, reason and passion, mind and will, light and love, wisdom and wonder, truth and beauty."

Michael Warren Davis calls Howard "The Last Victorian," a man who "wore his tweed and his tie every day, not only to look smart, but out of respect for the people he would encounter: men and women knit together in their mothers' wombs by God, in His own image and likeness."

Then we have a grounded piece on "Being Prepared in These Times."  When things are beyond our control we must "call upon our faith.  ... Yet such faith can and should go hand in hand with astute foresight and concrete action steps, for instance right down to making lists and obtaining an appropriate store of goods and tools."

We bookend the newsletter with Father George Rutler, whose words are especially pertinent for voters.  "Political discourse today has degenerated into riots because what is at stake is not a mere matter of government, but a crisis of humanity itself.  There is a portion of the people that, as Juvenal satirized, 'anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses,' but behind their superficial choice of living are sinister forces as from a swamp that would subvert by anarchy all that the Christian mind knows to be true."

Let us pray for God's will in the US elections this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something — war.  This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce." - G.K. Chesterton

New Resources

Saint John the Baptist, Lover of Truth - Saint Giovanni Battista Scalabrini - from Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini: A Living Voice: Excerpts from his Writings

Since the spirit of the world is rooted in self-love, it seeks the truth only if it is pleasing; ...

Victory from Defeat - David Warren - The Catholic Thing

The crowd scenes in the Bible make me flinch.

A Friend and Mentor: Remembering Tom Howard - Peter Kreeft - Catholic World Report

Friends are not usually mentors.

The Last Victorian - Michael Warren Davis - Crisis

I once had the unenviable task of explaining to Thomas Howard what the alt-right is.

Being Prepared in These Times - John A. Cuddeback - LifeCraft

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin

Lockdowns versus social justice - Edward Feser - Edward Feser blog

Indefinite lockdowns violate the natural human right to labor in order to provide for oneself and one's family, and thus are deeply contrary to social justice.

Journalistic dereliction of duty - Rex Murphy - National Post

The suppression of a major, no, an explosive and potentially result- changing news story by 90 per cent of the establishment media, is a journalistic crime.

Our days of high political fever - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

In one survey of grammarians, two words deemed to be among the most beautiful sounding in the English language were Agape and Philadelphia.

Editorials of Interest:

Loving God first and completely - CWR

In no love is the cost clearer — and, quite frankly, higher — than in our exchange of love with God.

For Catholics, There's Only One Choice - Fr. Peter M. Stravinskas - Crisis

In 2020, I am actually comfortable for the first time since 1984 because I am able to vote with confidence according to an informed Catholic conscience.

Morbid Safetyism - First Things

Health is just one part of a whole, fulfilled life, and only makes sense in service of that whole. To get the latter wrong is to make health the enemy of life.

Our Lady's care for broken lives - CWR

Catholic rescue home in San Diego for sex-trafficked children accepts first residents after fighting license bias.

Statement on the Declarations of Pope Francis Regarding Civil Unions - Cardinal Raymond Burke

The worldwide communications media have reported with strong emphasis the news that Pope Francis has declared that persons in the homosexual condition, as children of God, "have a right to have a family" and that "no one should be thrown out or be made unhappy because of it."

The Pope sows more seeds of confusion - Catholic Culture

Once again Pope Francis is spreading confusion among the faithful. How many times must this happen before all good Catholics recognize that we have a serious problem in the Church, and its name is Francis?

The deeply flawed opportunism of Pope Francis - CWR

If Francis's recent remarks were made without prudential concern for how they would be received, they are deeply troubling. If they were carefully made with specific attention to how they would be received, they are deeply troubling.

Once Again, New Cardinals Reflect Pope Francis' Preferences - National Catholic Register

Catholics in the U.S. will pay most attention to the elevation of Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., whose appointment is a sign that some power centers matter more than others.

Civil Unions For Homosexuals? - YouTube

We have to acknowledge that the pope really is wrong.

St. Teresa of Avila and the fearful Catholic - CWR

The great Carmelite showed the world that there is no such thing as a fearful saint, and that a life lived with God and for God — and with and for God's people — is one of both heavenly rapture and earthly confidence.

Our Virgilian Civilization (Or, the Devil Was the First Whig) - The Catholic Thing

The language of human progress is often not merely evasive but demonic, dismissing goods won for us by the past, merely because they are old, and pretending that whatever good we have in the present is somehow the free gift of the hour with its enlightened mind, rather than the achievement of the striving of our ancestors.

What Hath Gorsuch Wrought? - First Things

Welcome to a corner of the jural world made anew.

Ven. Fulton Sheen: Youth and Sex - YouTube

When we dropped the atomic bomb, we blotted out boundaries.

Who Lost the Culture? - Catholic Culture

Our cultural decline may have begun as far back as 75 years ago, in the skies over Hiroshima when the Americans dropped history's first atomic bomb on that city.

We may already have herd immunity: an interview with Professor Sunetra Gupta - Reaction

Are we already immune to coronavirus? Professor Sunetra Gupta, a theoretical epidemiologist at Oxford University, discusses her recent study on the herd immunity threshold, as well as her views on the social costs of lockdown, the inaccuracy of epidemiological models, and the curtailment of academic debate.

Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden - BBC

An eight-year-old found a pre-Viking-era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.

A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale - Kirk Center

Since most modern men have ceased to recognize their own souls, the spectral tale has been out of fashion, especially in America.

A. A. Milne: My Library - Quotidiana

When I moved into a new house a few weeks ago, my books, as was natural, moved with me.

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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