By John Zmirak, The Stream - The law has shuttered restaurants and bars, except for the forlorn take-out windows where desperate business-owners try to salvage their livelihoods. (I hope you’re supporting your favorite places this way, if you can. I’m ordering five nights a week and tipping 33%.) There might be a place where “everybody knows your name,” like TV’s Cheers, but you can’t go in there. You’ll have to subsist on emails, phone calls, Skype sessions, and Zoom sessions with colleagues.
By Fr. George Rutler, Church Militant - The term "parochial" is frequently used in a condescending sense, but no one today can get away with thinking that to be parochial is to be isolated from reality. As I write, the Navy hospital ship "Comfort," last seen here on the Hudson River after the World Trade Center horror, is passing by our rectory windows. The convention center nearby, usually home to flower and boat shows, is being converted into a huge emergency hospital.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “If only you had known on this day what would bring you peace! But now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will barricade you and surround you and hem you in on every side. They will level you to the ground—you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God” (Lk 19:41-44).
By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine - “For he who is not against us is for us.” — Mark 9: 40… As a practicing Catholic, I continue to believe that. Recently, though, I’ve been pondering the meaning of Our Lord’s words, quoted above, to His disciples. Those words, which must have been perfectly clear to His hearers during His mission on earth, may seem less so in a world in which the number of non-Catholic churches that call themselves Christian is beyond counting. They make no pretense of representing Christ’s mystical body—and no pretense either of being friends of the Church of Rome, which they denounce as their sworn enemy and defame as the Whore of Babylon.