There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve. Mike Leavitt
Thou hast commanded, and so it is, that every inordinate affection should be its own punishment. St. Augustine of Hippo
One of the highlights of my life was attending the January 2017 March for Life in Washington, DC. Needless to say, I had never been in a crowd of 650,000 before, much less a crowd filled with faith, hope, and love. I have never lost the feeling of that day. It has not faded and continues to overwhelm me at times, filling me with new energy and new love. Vast numbers of that crowd, perhaps even the majority were young people. Life was bubbling over.
VP Pence showed up to speak, along with Mia Love, Ben Watson, Eric Metaxas, Kellyanne Conway, and Rep. Christ Smith of NJ from the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. It’s Mia Love’s address and that of Rep. Chris Smith that I remember the most.
This year BEN SHAPIRO will be the featured speaker. His recent pro-life monologue on Fox is now legendary. Never has it been said better. I am eternally indebted to Ben for this one of a kind defense of life.
January 18 is the date. As God wills it, I will be there.
Johan Norberg discusses on The Federalist podcast (here) what lessons America can learn from Sweden’s economy, education system, and more. He is a host of the new documentary, “Sweden: Lessons for American?”
Norberg debunks the myths and misconceptions about the supposedly “socialist” country of Sweden. A very good interview, especially since so many in America, particularly young people (and Bernie Sanders), point to the Scandinavian countries as models for redistributionism for the common weal.
This is a very good interview, rich with detail, perspective, and reflection on capitalism as the only hope to bring bring the most people out of poverty.
Words from St. John Chrysostom (d.407) to the rich as he encourages them to a life of almsgiving – “As those who fly unincumbered with clothes are not easily caught, but they who are incumbered with many garments and a long train are soon overtaken, so it is with the rich man and the poor. The one, though he be taken, will easily make his escape, whilst the other, though he be not detained, is incumbered by cords of his own, by numberless cares, distresses, passions, provocations, all which overwhelm the soul, and not these alone, but many other things which riches draw after them. It is much more difficult for a rich man to be moderate and to live frugally, than for the poor, more difficult for him to be free from passion. Then he, you say, will have the greater reward.— By no means.— What, not if he overcomes greater difficulties?— But these difficulties were of his own seeking. For we are not commanded to become rich, but the reverse. But he prepares for himself so many stumbling-blocks and impediments.”
Father, from the resentments we collected this week, free us; and in response to the disappointments we experienced, center us. Scotty Smith
Many who criticize the Christian’s political involvement do so as if there were a “universal man,” a man stripped of culture, language, tradition, and history. They ask him to be committed to no culture, no civilization, no nation, no tradition, in other words, to be an ahistorical man.
This man has not and cannot exist. It is through these phenomena that we are “we.” To detach from them is to seek the “non-human.” To participate in them is to be the particular men we are. Through them comes the common grace of God. To deny them is to forsake our neighbor by denying his natural humanity.
Of course, we are not Greek or Jew, slave or free, male or female, etc., as touching justification with God. But the peoples were created by God and the places they should live, as the Bible states. In Christ we move toward culture and civilization, not away from it, and in Christ we “seek the welfare of the city.” This certainly involves the governing of it, as well as education, the arts, business, etc. In all these areas, when they are engaged well, we find Christ at work. To be meaningfully involved is actually to move toward Christ.
There is no doubt that the Church is that organism which is at the center of God’s plan, the apple of his eye, where the Christian fulfills his primary obligation as a worshiper and servant of the God Most High. Yet his obligation to God and to others does not stop there but radiates out, not only to engage them with the Gospel but also to be salt, preservers of the common grace of God where we live.