Posts tagged “Character

Sermo Dei: Invocabit 2017

Posted on March 6th, 2017

What would you do if you could do anything? The great basketball coach John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” It’s those moments when no one is watching when our true self emerges. When you can do what you choose, what do you do? And if you could choose anything, what would it be? Among the most common myths is that you can achieve freedom by having more resources and less responsibility. If you had more money and less work, then you’d be free. If you had more time and fewer people making demands, then you’d be free. It’s a lie. Freedom is not found in time or money. And slavery is…

Sermo Dei: Ad te levavi (Advent I, 2016)

Posted on December 11th, 2016

Ad te levavi – First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2016 Matthew 21:1-9 Does the character of a leader matter? Last year, a mega-church pastor was expelled after his multiple affairs came to light. Recently he reemerged with a new wife and is preaching again. Many say his actions don’t matter. Does the character of a leader matter? Whenever a professional athlete commits murder, or domestic violence, or uses performance-enhancing drugs, the controversy is rekindled over their role as examples to the community. Does the character of a leader matter? Looking at the foundations of Western civilization, the great teachers on ethics and virtue gave a resounding “Yes” to that question. The character of every person matters, and an ideal leader will be mature…