The first part of this NLM interview with His Excellency Athanasius Schneider ORC, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan and titular of Celerina, describes his childhood in the USSR and how his family saved their Catholic faith. It makes for fascinating reading, especially when they are able to leave there and move back to Germany in the 1970s.
Walker Percy, Flannery O'Connor, and Bruce Springsteen? Stephen Klugewicz delves into the similarities at The Imaginative Conservative. Sounds like it was easier to stay Catholic back in the USSR.
Writing for Front Porch Republic, Thaddeus Kozinski makes an apology for the uselessness of liberal education. If you're pressed for time, skip to the Simone Weil quote at the bottom.