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May 15, 2024
This week, our editorials contain several must-reads. The first is Paul Kingsnorth's Die Before You Die—everything of his is well worth reading.

Then is Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas' The Essential and Irreplaceable Role of the Laity, which is a beautiful reminder of the unique intersection of faith and reason in the Catholic Faith.

Finally, read Nate Marshall's excellent defense of learning a trade in A Career of Choice. "In a single activity, the world outside of me—a customer's leaky toilet—and the world inside of me—my thoughts and feelings and morals—were ordered."

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

Image: The Virgin in Prayer by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
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Editorials of Interest
Die Before You Die
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The Essential and Irreplaceable Role of the Laity
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A Career of Choice
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