“The greatest threat to our democracy comes from a growing tendency to loathe rather than listen. It comes from a desire to bully and not persuade. Such a culture of contempt, this cancel culture, is toxic to our democracy."
“It has been said that the one truly original idea of the founding fathers was the freedom of religion. No country before ours had vision or courage to declare that faith is a matter of individual conscience, a God-given right that occupies a space that no government, democratic or otherwise, may invade. Virginia led the way here. And if religious views could not be stifled, then neither could any other kind of individual expression. And so the First Amendment comes to stand for the first principle. Free expression is a hallmark of a free society.”
“De Tocqueville made a lot of salient observations as he toured early America, but none were more important than his insight that the health of this and every democracy depends on preserving decision-making at the level closest to the people, When government is centralized and distant, people don’t think the well-being of their communities is their responsibility.”
“Our great colleges and universities draw diverse people from all around the country and all around the globe. But when they arrive, do students find these communities to be open, welcoming of diverse ideas? Are they encouraged, equipped and empowered to think for themselves and express their views without fear? Or are they more often subjected to a stifling conformity? Dreary ideological sameness?"
"The greatest threat to our democracy comes from a growing tendency to loathe rather than listen. It comes from a desire to bully and not persuade. Such a culture of contempt, this cancel culture, is toxic to our democracy."
"Benedictine spirituality is the spirituality of an open heart. A willingness to be touched. A sense of otherness. There is no room for isolated splendor or self-sufficiency. Here all of life becomes a teacher and we its students. The listener can always learn and turn and begin again. The open can always be filled. The real discipline can always be surprised by God."