The public lecture by Archbishop Chaput took place on the campus of the University of Toronto at St. Basil’s Church.
This is one point he made:
"The third point to focus on when the beliefs of Catholics are challenged is that "it doesn’t matter what we claim to believe if we’re unwilling to act on our beliefs," Chaput counseled."
Ahh.....I like that. That's integrity. Living what we believe. Not an easy thing to do, but so important. He talked about American society. One good thing about our country right now is that people are talking about values again. This is good. We need core Truths to guide our lives.
Another quote from the end of the article was interesting to me. He spoke about hope. That word catches my attention at the moment. It is one of Arabella's middle names.
"Winding his talk down, the Archbishop of Denver remarked on the misunderstanding of the word "hope."
"For Christians," he explained, "hope is a virtue, not an emotional crutch or a political slogan. Virtus, the Latin root of virtue, means strength or courage. Real hope is unsentimental. It has nothing to do with the cheesy optimism of election campaigns. Hope assumes and demands a spine in believers. And that’s why – at least for a Christian -- hope sustains us when the real answer to the problems or hard choices in life is ‘no, we can’t,’ instead of ‘yes, we can.’""
Strength, courage, having a spine - good, very good. Things I need right now.