Encouraging our Elites

Writing to Alexander Dubček, would-be communist reformer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, Václav Havel has this to say about the importance of political leadership: A politician—and any social elite, for that matter—is not merely a “function” of society. Society is also, to a certain extent, a “function” of its politicians and its elites. These elites act onContinue reading “Encouraging our Elites”

The Revolution We Need

It does my heart glad to read about this miniature, contested, but powerful restoration of freedom and sanity in the town of Vail, Arizona. When the school board announced that it would continue to impose masking on the hapless children of this community of 10,000 souls, the parents rose up in a rebellion described byContinue reading “The Revolution We Need”

The Training of the Saints

All the evil men, from Cain to those who desolate the universe today, have had the appearance of great and powerful princes who have produced a great effect in the world and whom men have worshipped. All these monsters only come into the world to exercise the courage of the children of God, and whenContinue reading “The Training of the Saints”

Unity in Truth

And they healed the breach of the daughter of my people disgracefully, saying: Peace, peace: and there was no peace. Jeremias 6:14 Christ warns us that not everyone who calls him Lord means what he says (Mt. 7:21). Likewise, it is easy to discount calls for unity when issued by men who betray their ownContinue reading “Unity in Truth”

Seeing the Beauty of Courage

A characteristic feature of virtue is its beauty. The habitual capacity to grasp what is good, to relish it, and to act upon it, is an invisible quality that inspires admiration and love, when we perceive it in others. When we find it in ourselves, it offers peace of soul. One apparent exception to thisContinue reading “Seeing the Beauty of Courage”