Saturday, October 03, 2020
I am honored to know some of the men who fought on October 3rd and 4th 1993 in the streets of Mogadishu. It is my sincere hope that more of them will one day tell their stories...— Jack Carr (@JackCarrUSA) October 3, 2020
The next generation needs heroes. @GLOCKInc pic.twitter.com/D0FtesDllY
The Human Fraternity Document is “like a slow-release drug” that could “open a new era,” but for the contents to “take off”, there must be a “strong impulse” which allows the document’s values to “overcome the force of gravity,” said Freemason Pierluigi Cascioli.— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) October 3, 2020
Meanwhile Latin bishops are already claiming it is in continuity...
In preparation for the Holy Father’s encyclical letter #FratelliTutti, it would be good to (re)read Benedict XVI’s *Caritas in Veritate*, where he expresses some important elements on the issue of human relations and communion in the world. @Pontifex pic.twitter.com/jko6HNmtSD— Amigo de Frodo (@bpdflores) October 3, 2020
Charles Massy, a quiet fifth generation farmer, has become an unlikely political agitator who turbocharged the regenerative #farming movement with his talks and seminars. #RegenerativeAg https://t.co/uy2VNfj5ee— Regeneration Int'l (@regeneration_in) October 1, 2020
I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship. #FratelliTutti pic.twitter.com/P3qso8k8qM— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 3, 2020
English translation available tomorrow?
The press launch of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” will take place in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall at 10am tomorrow — the first time the Vatican has put on a press conference at a time when the faithful are normally at Sunday Mass @vatican_va_en @VaticanNews— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) October 3, 2020
Although horse racing was a symbol of British colonialism, it became a surprisingly inclusive pastime in China’s major International Settlement.— History Today (@HistoryToday) October 3, 2020
From the October issue:https://t.co/hPqeDvXF50
The attempted Hispanicization of the US...
Friday, October 02, 2020
I just purchased the book "Mine Were of Trouble", which shows the perspective of Francisco Franco's Nationalist/Monarchist side of the 'Spanish Civil War' of the 1930's.— Carolina Cavalier ⚜️🇪🇸 (@oldcarolinian) October 2, 2020
Printed by @MysteryGrove . Special thanks to @PAEasy64 , @JackRobinDC , etc. for influencing me to buy it. pic.twitter.com/x22CIsGPdQ
Mine Were of Trouble – Peter Kemp
The Worthy House
"Your Name Engraved Here 刻在你心底的名字" is out this week!— Catie Lilly (@catielila) October 2, 2020
Every Taiwanese film is a high school romance but not every one is also a queer coming-of-age tale set in 1988, as two boys school learn that the end of martial law doesn't yet mean they are free to love who they want pic.twitter.com/uBSHFsyMCk
Capt. April Bruner is the first female commander of a rifle company in the @Missouri_NG, as part of the evolution of female integration into combat arms established three years ago by the @DeptofDefense .— U.S. Army (@USArmy) October 2, 2020
➡️ https://t.co/9nYEucVYgf#SoldierStory | #ArmyValues pic.twitter.com/GzZU2wCVtW
The biggest night in bluegrass! The 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Count On Me NC co-hosted by @sierrahull, @JoeNewberry, @TimOBrienmusic, & @RhondaVincent13. TONIGHT at 8pm ET on Facebook, YouTube, & Swapcard. #IBMAWOB2020 https://t.co/CFYIDNqXSk— IBMA (@IntlBluegrass) October 1, 2020
“My last act of protest will be to do just that, to now disappear w/everyone knowing why. I put this in my last will and testament-that my bones shall not be placed in the cathedral, I do not want to be buried with such men.."@CardJosephZen via @breeadailhttps://t.co/CLlanPONpW— National Catholic Register (@NCRegister) October 2, 2020
In memory of John Yudnik, the scientist who already in 1960s warned us that sugar, not fats and cholesterol, is making us sick.— Peter Österberg, Ph.D. Exp. & Social Psychologist (@Genlearnman) October 2, 2020
With @RobertLustigMD@zoeharcombe @garytaubes
& @bigfatsurprisehttps://t.co/DIuJmsdj4X@Ruokavirasto @NNC2020 #mmtdk
Register for our "Rethinking Byzantine Masculinities" webinar on October 30, where Derek Krueger (@UncgOf), Mark Masterson (@VicUniWgtn), Claudia Rapp (@univienna), and Shaun Tougher (@cardiffuni) will discuss articulations and performances of masculinity: https://t.co/T5jx9ql6hm— Dumbarton Oaks (@DumbartonOaks) September 30, 2020
I'm with Prof Christakis. We could be--we should be--"a city on a hill." Time to reverse course. Eschew political violence. Period. Rebuild civic friendship, even across the lines of partisan and ideological division. "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies." https://t.co/K4Q5VUL69c— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) October 1, 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020
This is a superb essay by friend and colleague Culver, who definitely knows of what he writes. He is a former USG analyst w/ deep knowledge of the PLA. People should read and reflect on the impossibility of the US (or the region) “winning” a Taiwan war. https://t.co/FZJTigFiqy— Michael D. Swaine (@Dalzell60) October 1, 2020
Terrific conversation with physician and author @slsatel, a most astute observer of medical culture and sociology. Don't miss it!— The Accad & Koka Report (@Accad_Koka) September 29, 2020
Ep. 147 Sally Satel: Should Med Schools Teach Antiracism? https://t.co/JXfGsk6BDd
If you want to hear about my health story and how I got to where I am now, check out this interview. Thank you @meat_rx and @SBakerMD for inviting me.— Elie Jarrouge, MD (@ElieJarrougeMD) September 28, 2020
Success Story by Dr. Elie Jarrouge - MeatRx https://t.co/5TdD5zZF83 via @YouTube
Podcast episode to come out later.
“It’s simply the case that America, in more or less it’s entire history, has been a fairly anti-Catholic country.”@PatrickDeneen responds to the attacks on Amy Coney Barrett.— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) September 30, 2020
Watch the full interview here: https://t.co/Szk5Rvshre pic.twitter.com/O3vdHKMh9U
Edit. Apparently it's been reuploaded and has a different URL now:
More RC whining about the past and the Anglo-Protestant United States...
2/Catholics must never forget, or fail gratefully to honor the moral witness of, those brothers and sisters of other traditions of faith who stood in solidarity with us and boldly spoke out when know-nothingism (which has never gone away) popped back into public view. Bless them.— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) October 1, 2020
Can body fat alone fuel endurance athletics? Eight runners fasted for five days while running a total of 100 miles as part of a metabolic experiment to help dispel myths about fat-adaptation and nutritional ketosis. Check out their story:https://t.co/tY6BcQDmlm— Diet Doctor (@DietDoctor) October 1, 2020
Free webinar discussion with Jyoti Fernandes & Peter Macfadyen on 13 October at 6.30pm to launch my book 'A Small Farm Future' - hope to see you there!https://t.co/xeCgyN59KB@LandworkersUK @Flatpackdemoc— Chris Smaje (@csmaje) October 1, 2020
A new paper from @RodaleInstitute and the Carbon Underground says that regenerative practices, if adopted around the world, could sequester all annual carbon dioxide emissions. But critics warn the scientific data doesn’t support the claims. @VirginiaGewin https://t.co/2QdhUUmmWG— Civil Eats (@CivilEats) October 1, 2020
I linked to an article on the original paper here.
Returning pastures to forest and grassland could roll back 16 years of global emissions. https://t.co/efm4gsHb8t— Modern Farmer (@ModFarm) September 24, 2020
Have you heard? Regenerative #agriculture can feed the world, stabilize the #climate, restore #biodiversity, and enhance rural communities. 🌎 The proof is in our newest white paper: https://t.co/J78kUVg7g7— Rodale Institute (@RodaleInstitute) September 29, 2020
NEW: The new American conservatism is veering the stagnant Republican party towards working people and families but will it have a foreign policy of ending endless wars to match? Evan Sankey: https://t.co/FlMLilWODJ@ToryAnarchist @jimantle @WillRuger @esaagar— Responsible Statecraft (@RStatecraft) October 1, 2020
"When conservatives surrender their civility to the abrasiveness, they sacrifice a part of the tradition that makes them conservative."— Russell Kirk Center (@KirkCenter) October 1, 2020
- @mrJSDavenport takes on cancel culture with a nod toward prudence and Russell Kirk's negation of ideology: https://t.co/w7C77xoIr4 pic.twitter.com/1BQgG6YMb6
In episode 1, Jonathan and Simon discuss a new trend on the right: Postliberalism. prompted by @gjpappin's recent @AmericanAffrs article, we ask: What is Postliberalism? Where did it spring from? What will be its impact on America and Australia? https://t.co/YGm0Zf7Krt— The Political Animals Podcast (@polanimalspod) October 1, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
So grateful to @GWOMaths for letting me participate as a first-time guest mathematician in #dailymaths! I've always enjoyed the informative posts about unsung heroines of mathematics. Getting to post a solution to yesterday's problem was icing on the cake! https://t.co/Qt8WdfFGCg— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) September 30, 2020
More on Regenerative Agriculture:
The claim made in the new paper is bold: "Data from farming and grazing studies show the power of exemplary regenerative systems that, if achieved globally, would drawdown more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions."https://t.co/00i4Amww9K— Eating Locally (@EatingLocally) September 28, 2020
In case you missed it! Here's the LIVE RECORDING of our Q&A with our friends & cast members of @kissthegroundoc including @iansomerhalder @drmarkhyman @pashonmurray @giseleofficial and an original song from the film by @jason_mraz! #IWontGiveUp https://t.co/Pql9AFJapG— Kiss the Ground (@kissthegroundCA) September 30, 2020
Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, according to a new report. Many of these species are an untapped “treasure chest” of food, medicines and biofuels that could tackle many of humanity’s greatest challenges, researchers say.https://t.co/xhzEYdcAPk— Regeneration Int'l (@regeneration_in) September 30, 2020
I adore this song and am so happy to have played on it! https://t.co/PKJDn1fs9o— Brittany Haas (@brittfiddle) September 30, 2020
Those involved are probably liberal or leftist civic nationalists but probably "conservative" civic nationalists would appreciate the lyrics as well, a successor to "This Land is Your Land." But those who are members of a rooted American people? Maybe not.
The upcoming independent film ‘Percy,’ starring Christopher Walken & directed by Clark Johnson looks awesome. Hits theaters Oct. 9, based on the true story of a legal battle between Monsanto and independent Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser.https://t.co/GR6UNrVlQu— Children's Health Defense (@ChildrensHD) September 29, 2020
Singer Helen Reddy, who became an emblem of feminism with the 1972 smash “I Am Woman,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 78 https://t.co/PvxRPfyfnI— Variety (@Variety) September 30, 2020
Feminism, "conservative" feminism and "Catholic" feminism, will pass, too, when the cheap energy goes away. I can't wait until feminist academics and intellectuals are out of work.
Erika Bachiochi: Amy Coney-Barret, Supreme Court Nominee, Feminist Icon
Jocko Podcast 249 is up. Lessons learned from the new version of About Face by Colonel David Hackworth with a forward written by me. A true honor.— Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) September 30, 2020
You can order your first edish of the book here: https://t.co/6LG8tI8Fzz pic.twitter.com/Bow6JoCBW6
We are, in some respects, heirs to "the founders". But we are also, in very important ways, heirs to their descendants, who had to figure out what to do when WASPs were no longer demographically, politically, or culturally hegemonic.— SamuelGoldman (@SWGoldman) September 30, 2020
Appeals to the old Anglo-Protestant republic are doomed because that "regime" no longer exists. Which is why highbrow nationalism, however plausible in theory, tends to degenerate into crude defenses of "real Americans" against their ostensible enemies.— SamuelGoldman (@SWGoldman) September 30, 2020
Let us not go back to the "normality" sick with with injustice, inequality and environmental degradation.The normality to which we are called is that of the Kingdom of God, where there is bread for all and the social organisation is based on contributing, sharing and distributing— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 30, 2020
Truman authorized the use of the atomic bombs thinking, rightly, that doing so would save American and Japanese lives.https://t.co/27YdojQtuy— First Things (@firstthingsmag) September 30, 2020
If you would like to cultivate a more intentional prayer life or are interested in learning about a new prayer form, we encourage you to download our free prayer enrichment guidebook that explores seven traditional forms. More info on our website!https://t.co/4RdAUhmwbd— McGrath Institute (@McGrathND) September 30, 2020
Justice is now being sought for Libero Milone, the Vatican’s 1st auditor general dismissed by +Becciu soon after Milone asked Swiss banks holding Vatican funds for information. The Vatican withdrew charges against Milone in 2018. He’s yet to be reinstatedhttps://t.co/FbSSuQtz2D pic.twitter.com/W5CWHJwdZp— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) September 30, 2020
The losses on the London deal were “mind-blowing.” The Vatican “ended up paying 350 million [euros] for a property that was worth just 180 million, and some of that money was borrowed so the losses could be even greater”https://t.co/FbSSuQtz2D @NCRegister— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) September 30, 2020
Wish you all a peaceful and blessed Mid-Autumn Day— Joseph Zen (@CardJosephZen) September 30, 2020
2020 is the tenth Year of our ‘Mooncake Donation’, regrettably it is the first year that the mooncakes cannot be given to the inmates. pic.twitter.com/JM19hwS0dj
中秋節，願大家平安— Joseph Zen (@CardJosephZen) September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Food labor can probably find someone who better represents them ethnically, but would such a person get the same sort of backing and funding?
Join us for a sumptuous and nourishing conversation with two culinary iconoclasts Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters and firecracker food labor activist Saru Jayaraman, moderated by Davia Nelson of the @NPR's @kitchensisters.— Bay Area Book Festival (@BayBookFest) September 29, 2020
Sign up for free at https://t.co/tPGcGyHOGF 😋 pic.twitter.com/TKVGArqbwy
"If you’re waiting for a moment where you’re like ‘this is it,’ I’m telling you, it never comes. Nobody comes on TV and says ‘things are officially bad.’ There’s no launch party for decay."— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) September 28, 2020
A lot of stuff worth thinking about in this one.https://t.co/DIdIIIYKfl
Have you heard? Regenerative #agriculture can feed the world, stabilize the #climate, restore #biodiversity, and enhance rural communities. 🌎 The proof is in our newest white paper: https://t.co/J78kUVg7g7— Rodale Institute (@RodaleInstitute) September 29, 2020
With a striking blue colorway, the new Limited Edition 3300BK-2001 Infidel throws off its signature cloak and leans into its increasing popularity as a rapid-deployment EDC.https://t.co/pKt2UF5X9D— Benchmade Knife Co., Inc (@BenchmadeKnives) September 29, 2020
📷: @greystatemedic#YoursForLife pic.twitter.com/6KmAGOBaqQ
Last week, @TacticalMedical announced it would invest $1.7 million and add 21 employees at the 66-acre TacMed site off Harris Bridge Road in Anderson, where the company also maintains a 300-meter shooting range.https://t.co/pesuyVlbK8— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) September 29, 2020
A Vatican official has hailed the “positive” results of the provisional agreement with China amid a report that a Holy See delegation is heading to Beijing to extend the deal. https://t.co/7qzzcwhjCp— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) September 29, 2020
#BREAKING: #Vatican announces Sino-Vatican deal will be renewed.— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) September 29, 2020
“By October a decision is expected regarding the Vatican proposal to extend the Provisional Agreement ad experimentum: “It is worth continuing”, Cardinal Parolin explains.
Ref: https://t.co/D0j9NZhPFI https://t.co/s2tc7OAivv pic.twitter.com/AuaXCnqBvE
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent. (Isaiah 62:1) pic.twitter.com/H2Nf1cV2Cj— Joseph Zen (@CardJosephZen) September 29, 2020
"They can search your home w/o a warrant; they can bring you away w/o any help from the lawyers, & even your family cannot visit you; they can bring you into mainland China, then maybe sentenced in a court in China.." @CardJosephZen tells @breeadail #Chinahttps://t.co/521ms0eved— National Catholic Register (@NCRegister) September 29, 2020
.@CardJosephZen in one of two exclusive interviews for @NCRegister: “We really need Bishop who will be a Good Shepherd for the flock”...— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) September 29, 2020
Explains that he understood why he was unable to see @Pontifex, and confidence his letter was received.#CatholicTwitter pic.twitter.com/ONy3eKkC5t
"Barrett has not had her soul shaped by the places and people governed by the dominant liberal ethos of our age. We should all be genuinely excited by a nominee who has had her soul shaped by the people and places where America is at home." @PatrickDeneen https://t.co/u2iJcGUMgT— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) September 29, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett is being attacked as a woman, wife, and mother by people who don’t know her. Get to know her a bit yourself. Especially watch starting at about the 28th minute. We are going to miss the Barrett’s, but America is very lucky indeed. https://t.co/8N35mTCORg— Patrick Deneen (@PatrickDeneen) September 29, 2020
The handmaid’s tale https://t.co/2JGedR7VQ1— The Catholic Thing (@catholicthing) September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
But here in North America, we have a number of Orthodox churches which are less Imperial in their architecture and numbers, churches which can hold only a few hundred people, if that. That, I suggest, is no bad thing, for it allows us to recover the important personalism from the early church which was increasingly lost in the Church’s Byzantine period. We have the possibility once again of actually getting to know the fellow members of our local church community and of praying for them all by name. Church growth is good, and we are called to grow. But we must take care in our growth not to lose this personalism, which is so important to internal spiritual growth.
In particular, if a congregation grows to a size of about 200 people or so, they might consider splitting and founding another daughter church somewhere else (obviously with the bishop’s blessing), so that the local church never gets above 150 in number. Church growth gurus teach us that 150 is the maximum number in which authentic community can occur. In any church much bigger than that, it becomes hard to really know your fellow worshippers, and one fades into the anonymity of the mega-church. We have emerged from Byzantium, and are increasingly marginalized in our pluralistic North American society. That brings with it its own sorrows. But it also brings with it the possibility for recovering true community in our churches, and with it, a spirit of love.
In recent days, violence has erupted once again in #Armenia.— Family Research Council (@FRCdc) September 28, 2020
This involves Christian Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh versus Muslim Azerbaijan.
Turkish Pres. Erdogan has entered the fray, fueled by his dream of a neo-Ottoman caliphate.#religiousfreedom https://t.co/IXf2mdaMuX
It's coming, folks. US immigrants who grew up under communism see it. In my book LIVE NOT BY LIES (out tomw), they warn us to get ready - and explain how. Order book here: https://t.co/0BEGe0UOlH I did an interview with @christianpost about it: https://t.co/McwOslt0aN— Rod Dreher (@roddreher) September 28, 2020
Still time to register and watch tonight's event! https://t.co/FKok0xMfTI— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) September 28, 2020
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I was lucky enough to be on a great podcast with @LizGenever and @NRenison about this. Lamb and beef are not only regenerative when done right, they are one of the healthiest foods there is! https://t.co/m20VQbWrpM @ProfTimNoakes— Paleo Canteen (@paleocanteen) September 28, 2020
Thank you for having me on! https://t.co/i8NF5jePoH— Diana Rodgers, RD (@SustainableDish) September 28, 2020
Research Scholar Adele Hite (@ahhite) co-authors new article with Fréderic Leroy (@fleroy1974)— Ronin Institute (@RoninInstitute) September 27, 2020
and Pablo Gregorino (@GregoriniPablo) ‘Livestock in Evolving Foodscapes and Thoughtscapes’ in Frontiers Sustainable Food System 4:105. @FrontiersInhttps://t.co/jTRffp8kTP
Cows are considered the driving force behind climate change. And many suggest that less meat is better for the planet & our health. Diana Rodgers @sustainabledish & Robb Wolf @robbwolf bust these myths, making the case for better meat. https://t.co/usnuMf8s6M— Weston A. Price Foundation (@WestonAPrice) September 28, 2020
Lebanon is about the size of Connecticut, with about twice its population. If federalism is warranted for Lebanon, how about Connecticut? And if American states should be broken up, then our obsolete federal system (which makes an appearance now and then) should be replaced.
The submerged Medieval village of Fabbriche di Careggine, Italy.— Digital Maps of the Ancient World (@DigitalMapsAW) September 28, 2020
Every decade, for dam maintenance reasons, the basin, now called Lake Vagli, must be drained and the village eerily comes back into view. #MedievalMonday pic.twitter.com/YRDztZzZak
James Howard Kunstler today with the second half of his argument from last month on the decline of big cities. The suburbs are not immune from the same challenges, and are not an "escape" from urban problems. https://t.co/Ibl15oohSh— The American Conservative (@amconmag) September 28, 2020
Consider the comeback made long ago, I think. Still, give it a read, as there’s not enough good we can say about porches.— Noah Toly (@noahtoly) September 28, 2020
Long out of fashion, the front porch is proving its value as a place to interact with neighbors while maintaining social distancing. https://t.co/DXQJyTiYr6
102 years ago the Allies initiated a final offensive along the Western Front. Had it not been for skilled American snipers, the Meuse-Argonne offensive may have continued, prolonging the end of the Great War.https://t.co/afTMPkyDhq— American Rifleman (@NRA_Rifleman) September 28, 2020
“As a Billionaire of Color, I will PROVE that I am not ‘white-adjacent’ by using my ownership of the Los Angeles Times to run even more stories about how awful white people are.” - @Steve_Sailer https://t.co/CTacG6FfzF— VDARE (@vdare) September 28, 2020
NEW VIDEO The Bioleninist Regime follows a client / patron structure.— Parallax Optics (@parallaxoptics) September 28, 2020
An intersectional swarm of bio-detritus forms the client.
While a Neoreligious globalist priesthood constitutes the patron. https://t.co/gD6mHD9aO4
New Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting a long time in the making https://t.co/CzR6mum9Zq Since July, events have appeared to be inexorably leading up to a more ambitious Azerbaijani offensive. My attempt at an explainer as to how we got here. pic.twitter.com/cyaCOWJlHT— Joshua Kucera (@joshuakucera) September 28, 2020
Armenia, Azerbaijan Near War Over Nagorno-Karabakh— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) September 28, 2020
At least 16 killed as Azeri forces push into disputed areas #ArmeniaVSAzerbaijan #Armenia #Azerbaijan #NagornoKarabakh https://t.co/UopsehSNt8 pic.twitter.com/9euv7TEBGS
Look at this video and tell me which side look like they have mental illness. Traditional young polish men or feminists— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) September 28, 2020
The Pope is the head of government of the most corrupt state in Western Europe. His negligence (to put it politely) has enabled his allies to steal unimaginable sums of money from poor people. His views on governance are worthless. https://t.co/MsQcYLwJPb— Damian Thompson (@holysmoke) September 28, 2020
“She shows that it’s possible for a woman to rise to the top of her profession while having many children." Thanks @nytimes & @publicroad for including my support for #ACB! For Conservative Christian Women, Amy Coney Barrett’s Success Is Personal https://t.co/NtH4Q3CmKR— Andrea Picciotti-Bayer (@BayerPicciotti) September 28, 2020
Are people really this shocked that faithful, moderate-to-conservative women are also capable of (allowed? lol) success? Yes, weirdos. I'm not barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. I'm barefoot and pregnant in *my office.*https://t.co/9G30ot0LZm— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
The @USArmy's new fitness test has prompted a broader debate over whether the focus on physical prowess over other qualities will make it harder to retain troops with skills needed in an era of high-tech military competition.https://t.co/xMO2ebQO37— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) September 27, 2020
Check out @smartereveryday’s latest video with @NASA_Astronauts @Astro_SEAL and @JonnyKimUSA to see and hear what it’s like to be a @USNavy SEAL & astronaut. Both jobs require #service, #humility, #character, and #teamwork more than raw strength. https://t.co/9VFxOIfZ53— US Navy SEALs (@us_navyseals) September 27, 2020
In case you missed it yesterday, my chat with Columbia Professor @JohnHMcWhorter on the new religion of social justice. Thanks to @clairlemon @Quillette @suzijamil @thinkincAU for an amazing eventhttps://t.co/D807JMVfAb— 𝕁𝕠𝕤𝕙 𝕊𝕫𝕖𝕡𝕤 (@joshzepps) September 26, 2020
Speaking in Rome, Cardinal Zen tells @AldoValli he gave one of #PopeFrancis’s special secretaries a letter, in which he dealt with the question of the new bishop of Hong Kong.— Diane Montagna (@dianemontagna) September 27, 2020
“I warned the Pope: appointing Choy will be a disaster.” https://t.co/YSn0Kv4xdA… Translation below. pic.twitter.com/6eRHWEnBuF
CARDINAL ZEN IN ROME: “I asked for an audience with Francis, but not even a nod from Santa Marta” https://t.co/UGVKdFFVsy— Diane Montagna (@dianemontagna) September 27, 2020
Aldo Maria Valli sits down with ++Zen during visit to Rome, where he hoped to speak with @Pontifex.
Translation below with kind permission of AMV. pic.twitter.com/1fAk5yoeWe
“Cardinal Zen comes to Rome to see the Pope who has no time for him” https://t.co/yuIQT1nwj1— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) September 27, 2020
People are asking if @CardJosephZen was able to see @Pontifex?— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) September 27, 2020
His Eminence told me that, similar to last year (see my exclusive), he delivered a letter to His Holiness requesting an audience.
He never heard back from him. #Catholic #CatholicTwitter https://t.co/fQsKv8vi3u
Much of this is good. But I think the last direction is problematic:
Finally, the community must be eschatologically oriented. That is, they must regard themselves not primarily as citizens of this world or as Americans or Canadians or as citizens of any other country, but as citizens of the Kingdom. Patriotism is wonderful, but the good must not be allowed to become the enemy of the best, and the Church stands under the Cross, not under any national flag. To make the flag paramount is idolatry. Through his preaching the priest must encourage his flock to see themselves as sojourners in this age, with their eyes fixed on the horizon to behold the blessed hope of the Second Coming with the cry of “Maranatha!” in their hearts.
Living this out consistently will mean that the society around them will increasingly regard them as aliens, as unwelcome intruders, and as disturbers of the secular status quo. We all know where the front line of this battle is being drawn, and we must not flinch or compromise. Our Lord’s words to the apostles, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19) have lost none of their relevance. The priest must preach and the people must accept that to become an Orthodox Christian is to leave one moral universe and to enter a different one. And they must read the fine print before making this decision—that of inevitable conflict with the world and of possible persecution.
It is true that Christians primary focus is God; but to say they are "citizens" of the Kingdom in this case, as if their political citizenship is not a relevant moral concern, can be misleading. After all, being a member of the people of God, while it does entail "duties" to God and other Christians, also entails that one lives up to one's duties to one's neighbors who may not be Christian but nonetheless are members of the same political community. Christians don't enter a "different moral universe"; their moral universe has been clarified. I say that this may reflect an imperial mindset because it may be similar to the mindset of early Christians living in the Roman Empire. And it is probably even more reflective of how certain non-Western Apostolic Christians in the Anglosphere view things. Perhaps even some Russian Orthodox in Russia think in this way as well. But I think it is incorrect, though there is another error of identifying the state as one's political community, and this must be corrected as well.