Twenty Things That Caught My Eye Today: Ukraine, Humor, Parenting in These Times & More | National Review

Twenty Things That Caught My Eye Today: Ukraine, Humor, Parenting in These Times & More | National Review

Refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine wait in the station hall on their way to Leipzig, at the central station in Goerlitz, Germany, March 22, 2022. (Matthias Rietschel/Reuters)



3. Meet the Dominican seminarian who’s hosted 108 Ukrainian refugees in Krakow

​​“We are deeply moved by the stories of our guests,” says Mońka. “One guy arrived with a broken leg, Mońka shares. “He had to escape – he was chained up – so they had to break his hip.” When he arrived, he required immediate and substantial medical attention.

“We hosted a Muslim family too,” Mońka says. “They prayed inside the priory, even using a carpet as is their custom. For us, it was an exotic experience,” admits the young Dominican.

4. Crux: Ukrainian president says Pope called him, saying ‘military defends civilians’

. . . As he addressed the Italian senate, he reportedly quoted Pope Francis’s “very important words,” claiming the Catholic leader said: “I understand that you want peace, I understand that you want to defend yourselves, I understand that the military defend civilians, and that civilians defend their own homeland.”

Zelenskyy said his response to the pontiff’s words were: “Our people have become the army, when they have seen the evil that the enemy brings with him, how much devastation he leaves behind him, and how much blood he wants to see spilled.”

5. Tish Harrison Warren interviews Charlie Camosy: How the ‘Whole Life’ Movement Challenges the Politics of Left vs. Right

6. Aaron Sibarium: The Takeover of America’s Legal System

“The idea that guilty people shouldn’t get lawyers attacks the legal system at its root,” Andrew Koppelman, a prominent liberal scholar of constitutional law at Northwestern University, said. “People will ask: ‘How can you represent someone who’s guilty?’ The answer is that a society where accused people don’t get a defense as a matter of course is a society you don’t want to live in. It’s a totalitarian nightmare.”

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Now, the politicization and tribalism of campus life have crowded out old-fashioned expectations about justice and neutrality. The imperatives of race, gender and identity are more important to more and more law students than due process, the presumption of innocence, and all the norms and values at the foundation of what we think of as the rule of law.


8. WHO guidelines on abortion imply conscience objections are ‘indefensible’

9. Naomi Schaefer Riley: Philanthropy Helped Reduce Institutional Placements for Foster Kids. Now Many Have Nowhere to Go.

While funding operating expenses is often low on the list of philanthropic priorities, it is vital to running strong congregate-care programs. That includes maintaining physical facilities. Even the best-run residential-care campuses struggle with upkeep in the face of minimal government or philanthropic funding. But philanthropists should consider how living in rundown facilities affects residents. Supporting capital improvements is one concrete step grant makers can take to help these kids feel valued.

As Richter notes, “In all the years that we’ve been talking about eliminating residential care, kids have been living in residential care.” Starving facilities of the money they need to operate while children still need to live in them is clearly not the answer.

10.  Ana Samuel: Rebel Parenting in an Age of LGBTQ Overreach

Today is not 2009, and we all know things have worsened exponentially: raunchy sex-ed classes; revisionist history lessons featuring men in drag or in same-sex relationships with minors as political pioneers; transgender athletes running circles around our daughters. It’s all reaching new levels of crazy.

Righteous anger is often good and necessary. But not all parents are comfortable with confrontation, and even fewer enjoy the option of placing their children in saner institutions or schooling at home. However, after listening to thousands of parents around the country—participants in our CanaVox reading groups—and through my own trial and error, I’m convinced that parents can be very effective in less noisy, more behind-the-scenes ways.

11. Orthodox Bishops Invited to Pray ‘Akathis’ as Pope and Catholic Bishops Consecrate Russia and Ukraine

12. Pope Francis meets with Lebanese President Aoun



15. Msgr. Richard Antall: An Atheist discovers the devil’s endgame

Stevenson’s morality tale ends beautifully and dramatically, with the killer confronting the servant girl: “You had better go to the police. I have killed your master.”

It’s an ending that makes me want to believe that Stevenson the “unbeliever” went to heaven with his friends the monks.


17.  Russell Shaw: Becoming part of the Jesus story this Lent

This is the difference between learning about someone and becoming that person’s friend. The information is interesting and may even be useful, but it isn’t friendship.

Suppose, then, that Jesus really wants to be friends with you. (As a matter of fact, he does.) How can you reciprocate? How can you be friends with him?

One way — a very important, indeed indispensable way — is by meditation and prayer. So is receiving the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, which is the Real Presence (“body and blood, soul and divinity” an old formula says) of Jesus himself. But there also is a third way, not to be neglected by anyone who truly wants to know Jesus. It’s reading the Gospels.



20. I’m grateful for life today — and hoping you’ll consider giving to my birthday campaign raising money for the Sisters of Life

ALSO: Join me in conversation with Ross Douthat tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 23). Tickets here.

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Tony Beasley
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