By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness - Never in recent American history has any administration birthed such disasters in its first nine months... Yet most Americans are arguing not over the sheer chaos and disasters of the Biden Administration, but rather how could such sheer pre-civilizational calamity occur in modern America?.. Were these disasters a result of historic incompetency? Or mean-spirited nihilism? Or a deliberate effort to create the necessary turbulence to birth a new American revolution? Or a bit of all three?
By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing - The two-year Synod on Synodality began last weekend. A Preparatory Document (PD) and a Handbook (H) have been issued by the office of the Synod of Bishops. The three guiding themes of the Synod are Communion, Mission, and Participation. And the predominant image of this whole experience is the Church on a “journey.”... The general reaction, so far, by Catholics who have heard about it is confusion and even headshaking. Synodality is a word with no clear meaning to most people ...
By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia - Ask "the Physician of Souls" to cure any spiritual ailments in your soul... Some historians believe St. Luke was a physician, and for that reason he is often invoked as a patron saint of doctors and healthcare workers... However, more importantly he was a spiritual physician, recalling the events of Jesus’ life and providing for us the remedy for our spiritual ills.
By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture - Born under Soviet rule, to fiercely loyal Catholic parents who were prisoners in the gulag, the future bishop was raised in the Catholic underground. His family routinely traveled sixty miles to attend Mass, taking night trains to avoid notice; they sheltered priests who were wanted by the secret police... So today Bishop Schneider speaks with some authority when he says that Catholics should be willing to suffer... for the sake of the faith. He has walked that walk.