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ADVICE TO MY SON 29: HOPE

by Lou Markos on April 17, 2014

Of the three theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, the one that is perhaps most misunderstood today is hope. Yes, faith and love are sometimes reduced to generic belief and strong emotions, but at least neither faith nor love is dismissed as adolescent at best and reactionary at worst. Too often, people mistake hope for some vague promise of pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by. They view hope as a crutch for people who can’t look reality in the face, who prefer to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Such weak-kneed dreamers, who would rather moon after heaven than labor under the sun on the fields of earth, are an affront to the modern spirit of progress.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 28: CHARITY

by Lou Markos on April 10, 2014

Charity comes from caritas, a Latin word which means roughly the same thing that agape does in Greek. Although, sadly, modern English usage has reduced the word charity to the giving of alms to the poor, caritas and agape bear a richer meaning. In their fuller, Christian signification they describe a self-giving love that moves out of itself toward the other.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 27: CAMELOT

by Lou Markos on April 3, 2014

During the spring of your senior year in high school, I took you to see one of my favorite Broadway musicals, Camelot. Through songs whose soaring melodies are matched only by the charm and wit of the lyrics, the musical swept us away to the court of King Arthur and his knights. With great joy and greater sorrow we watched together as the ideal of the Round Table was born and flourished through the idealism of Arthur, the love of Guinevere, and the chivalry of Lancelot, only to be broken and die when Guinevere and Lancelot commit adultery and are exposed by the scheming illegitimate son of Arthur.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 26: JUSTICE VERSUS FAIRNESS

by Lou Markos on March 27, 2014

There are many people today who read the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and jump too quickly to the conclusion that Jesus was an egalitarian who wanted to break down all distinctions between people. But that is not the message of the story. Had Jesus meant that to be the message, he would have concluded the lesson by informing his disciples that from now on they were all on an equal level with no more rulers or servants. Here is what he actually says:

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ADVICE TO MY SON 25: INTEGRITY

by Lou Markos on March 13, 2014

One of my favorite words in the English language is integrity. It comes from a Latin root that means whole or complete, which is why we use the word “integer” to refer to whole numbers. Integrity is a word that was used often in the past but is heard less and less today. Though it does not appear on the list of the four classical or three theological virtues, those who lack it are less likely, and less able, to manifest any of the seven virtues.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 24: THE MANLY HANDSHAKE

by Lou Markos on March 6, 2014

My father passed down to me a bit of advice that countless fathers have passed down to their sons over the course of human history: when you meet someone for the first time, stand tall, look him in the eyes, and give him a firm, confident handshake. As advice goes, that may seem simple and even trite; in actuality, it contains a great deal of wisdom and insight into how to be a man.

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