@UMary students, snowbound leaving MFL ’16, will lead MFL ’17

This certainly brightened my Friday.


The University of Mary students were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike by heavy snow as they headed home to North Dakota from the recent March for Life in Washington, D.C. They made it home safely. And now, we know they’ll be back next year.

(Next year’s national March for Life will be in Washington on January 27, NOT the 22nd. The schedule is dictated by the presidential inauguration activities and cleanup.)

“Our efforts can’t be confined to policy.”

A post from another blog that I want to share with you today rates more than a bare Facebook link. It’s by Kathryn Jean Lopez, a writer and editor who covers politics and culture and who keeps an eye out for good news. Her latest report is about a new MBA program at the University of Mary in North Dakota, with a concentration in Virtuous Leadership. Lopez quotes Alexandre Havard, a French attorney who has made Virtuous Leadership a specialty: “Virtue is a habit of the mind, the will, and the heart, which allows us to achieve personal excellence and effectiveness….Virtue creates trust and is…a dynamic force that enhances the leader’s capacity to act. Virtue allows the leader to do what people expect of him.”

An unconventional academic field, perhaps, but Lopez provides an introduction to Havard and his work that makes me want to learn more.

She links the practice of virtue to the actions that ideally accompany our prayers in the face of things like domestic massacres. In her own words, “our efforts can’t be confined to policy. We have to give our lives to the work of reformation, restoration, reparation, renewal. We need to see human life as the tremendous, incomparable gift that it is, and help other people see that.”

Enjoy her post, which comes with a title I love: “Got Greatness?”

If the link is broken, try this URL. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428090/virtuous-leadership?yqTudHX1mMzD2d0I.0