The Call to Heroic Virtue

Our culture has a very confused sense of heroism, often ap­plauding the biggest, strongest, loudest, or wealthiest. Blockbuster movies and an endless parade of celebrities and sports figures dominate the mainstream representation of heroes. But true hero­ism — the kind that saves lives, preserves dignity, and protects the most vulnerable — is a determined, steadfast power, under control and directed toward the good with the clarity of purpose that comes with humility. A hero isn’t…

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