From Ethika Politika, our friends, and around the web. Compiled by David Mills.

The Editorial

The world is liturgical, and we should live by the rhythms of the Church year, Michael Bradley argues in Living Liturgically. This requires a kind of asceticism, because the Church's days are not our usual days. Fridays, for example, are both the day on which work or classes end and, as the Catechism explains, “intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice."

Catholics use the word "solidarity" for large groups and political movements. In Solidarity Begins in Sympathy, Mattias Caro notes that everyone struggles in some way and wants to feel that solidarity with other Catholics that begins in sympathy.

From Ethika Politika

When Identity Fails: Insufficiency and Guitar Pedals. Our desire to identify ourselves with celebrities or brands is nothing less than the desire to be something instead of nothing, the desire for integration instead of alienation—the deepest longing of the human person to love and be loved, writes Sam Rocha.

The Middle Path. Love is an action word, people say, but as Hunter Sharpless explains, having learned from St. John of the Cross, contemplation builds the Kingdom.

The Legacy of the American Ratzinger. Cardinal Francis George was not only the American Ratzinger by his intelligence and insight, argues Timothy Kirchoff, but by his generous engagement with the world.

From Our Editors, Writers, and Friends

Peter Augustine Lawler's Reform Conservatism and Modern Age from NRO

David Mills' We Should Speak of the Homosexual as We Speak of the Divorced from Aleteia

Elizabeth Stoeker Bruenig's Gods and Profits

And of ongoing interest, Daniel McInerney's website Revels in the Craft of Storytelling

Other Articles on Our Concerns

Jonathan Mitchican's How to Battle Osteenism in Our Time from The Living Church

Mark Movesesian's The Merchants of Venice from First Things