The renewal of the United States depends, Jesus' declaration of the Beatitudes implies, on us, on our own integration of these values in life — regardless of the system we see being bent out of shape or the toxic individualism that is poisoning it.
From Where I Stand: In 2020, common good, the general welfare, collapsed in the United States. Many lost their rights to life while others crowed their freedom to do whatever they pleased in the name of "Americanism."
From Where I Stand: Benedictinism is about the essence of the Rule of St. Benedict and its place in the culture and in the soul of humanity, now. That's what Patrick Henry preserves for us in his upcoming book on Benedictinism.
From Where I Stand: The greenness of life is withering, and we are late in coming to consciousness about climate change while we wait for the government or science to save us as we ignore the damage we are doing to ourselves.