Another heavy heart this morning. Police killed in Dallas, and I’ve had a sick feeling in my stomach for the last twelve hours (I slept rather restlessly) that there’s….something….coming. We’re reaching a tipping point, it seems, at which America must figure out how it will survive. I don’t think this has anything to do with the upcoming presidential election; this isn’t an electoral issue, but rather a much more basically, radically, essentially political issue, inasmuch as it concerns how we Americans, as political animals, as social creatures, can live together. Christ, have mercy.
- “Malefactors and their facilitators who fail to administer the law equitably to all should themselves face resolute prosecution for their crimes.” Mark Tooley on last night’s shootings, and the continuing lessons of Romans XIII.
- Perhaps apropos for today: Reflections on Burke’s competing visions of “revolution,” by Russell Kirk.
- Terry Teachout on the meaning of “masterpiece” in a realm of popular culture and industrial-style production.
- An irreligious defence of the doctrine of the soul, by Gerald K. Harrison
Today, the Church commemorates the life, work, and faithful witness of Ss. Aquila and Priscilla, companions of St. Paul and laborers in the Gospel.
God of grace and might, we praise thee for thy servants Priscilla and Aquila, whom thou didst plenteously endow with gifts of zeal and eloquence to make known the truth of the Gospel. Raise up, we pray thee, in every country, heralds and evangelists of thy kingdom, that the world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A prayer especially pertinent for today.
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— Zeynep (@zeynepppnyz) July 7, 2016