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*Image: The Good Samaritan by Jacopo Bassano, about 1562-63 [National Gallery, London]

By Elizabeth A. Mitchell, The Catholic Thing, April 1, 2023

Dr. Elizabeth A. Mitchell, S.C.D., received her doctorate in Institutional Social Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome where she worked as a translator for the Holy See Press Office and L’Osservatore Romano. …

Note: Dr. Mitchell will be teaching an online course on Edith Stein for The Catholic Thing beginning later this month. Click here or on the ad at the right for further information on the course and how to enroll.


My father was a boy during the London Blitz.  My grandfather recounts how one day he drove into London to find his office building in rubble.  No files, no reports, no nothing of what was so important just the day before.  My grandmother served as black-out warden for their neighborhood, an hour outside of London.  She recalls how from the end of their road they could see the London skyline burning.  Planes returning to the airbase near their home would pass overhead, and shrapnel, bombs, and long nights spent under the stairs, or in their Anderson shelter, were routine.

In those days of the dogged fight for Western civilization, heroes walked among us.  Soldiers, airmen, seamen, reconnaissance operatives, and brash world leaders with resolve for the fight. …

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