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Rural poverty calls us to remember who feeds us by Bishop Paul D. Etienne, USCCB Blog: “In the overall effort to combat the scandal of poverty, rural communities need to be remembered. Not only should we help them meet their basic needs through charity and a sense of appreciation for who produces our food, but we must also demand justice and seek to rebuild our economy so that people have access to living wages and good jobs in every community.”

Cornel West on What Really Matters in Life by Robert P. George: “Our message is that what ultimately matters is not success in the eyes of the world—wealth, status, prestige, power, and the like.  It is, rather, the purity of one’s soul; it is one’s integrity as a human being who, as a creature fashioned in the very image and likeness of God, is capable (with God’s help) of mastering one’s desires and appetites and living a life of authentic service to God and neighbor.”

Deep cuts to food assistance a moral scandal By Bishop Oscar Cantu: “It is during this time when so many Americans struggle to find work and put meals on the table that lawmakers in Washington are cutting a vital lifeline — food assistance — that protects vulnerable families from falling into poverty. This is a moral scandal that betrays our nation’s best values and highest ideals.”

Teaching and Discipleship: Work of Faith, Labor of Love, and Endurance in Hope Posted by Katherine A. Greiner: “It wasn’t until I began teaching high school that I really began to understand the call to teach as a call to authentic love. I learned quickly that if I was to truly teach and empower the young women entrusted to my care, I had to try to abandon my selfish needs and desires and change my self-centered expectations of “success.” I slowly learned to love and appreciate each student as a human person created in God’s image and to see their need for my respect and compassion.”

Labor Day Reflection: Income Inequality and a Call to Vigilance by Fr. Clete Kiley: “It’s time to address gross income inequalities. It’s time to reaffirm Catholic support for labor unions. It‘s time to insist on an active and regulatory  role for government  in the protection of workers, their rights, and the most vulnerable. It’s time to expose the Austrian School and its acolytes for how deeply corrosive it’s philosophy is of our Common Good.”

Libertarians Are the New Communists by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu: “Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The second would obliterate it. Yet the ideologies are simply mirror images. Both attempt to answer the same questions, and fail to do so in similar ways. Where communism was adopted, the result was misery, poverty and tyranny. If extremist libertarians ever translated their beliefs into policy, it would lead to the same kinds of catastrophe.”

Dozens injured in crackdown on Vietnam Catholics by UCA News: “Vietnamese security forces in Nghe An province opened fire and threw grenades at a group of Catholics demonstrating in front of the My Yen church for the release of two parishioners.”