Guercino, “St. Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ,” 1656
The Areopagus (Mars Hill) in Athens, Greece, is the site of St. Paul’s famous sermon where he proclaimed, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.”
A group of young “e’er-do-wells” from Burma
Ottawa, Canada, Mar 31, 2021 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- Rejection rates spiked after a Canadian government job grant program’s 2018 rules required groups to affirm abortion rights, and rejections fell only after legal challenges from pro-life groups.
The Canada Summer Job Grants program, administered under the Employment and Social Development Canada government department, has funded an estimated 70,000 summer jobs each year for secondary school or college students. The program has supplied the funds that allowed small businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious employers to fill positions such as camp counselors or landscapers.
Trite and tautological though the claim may be, permit me to begin by stating the obvious: it is good when good things happen. Good fortune and good luck are called so for a reason, just as are bad fortune and bad luck. Humans disagree about what is and isn’t good, some of them even going so far as to deny the objectivity of goodness altogether. But when it comes to fortune, humans seem to be able to tell the difference between good and bad automatically and without strenuous discernment.
I suspect that good luck is envied more than is a good character. If that is so, it is not because the former is superior, but because it is apprehended with relative ease. Lottery ticket sales seem to prove the point, as millions of humans spend their money regularly to give themselves a remote chance at good luck. You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket, right? In contrast, the conditions by which a man’s character is deemed good are disputable and, when the notion of good character is not entirely dismissed, disputed. Of course, we ought not envy anyone anything, let alone their good luck; even less should we envy a man his virtue – rather should we learn from and imitate him. Nonetheless, luck is envied often, virtue rarely. Because many people presume to know what it is, there is no controversy in wishing for good luck, or in recognizing it, when we get it, as genuinely beneficial. In contrast, there is much – and oftentimes vehement – disagreement with respect to goodness per se.
Because the desire for good things is natural, it is proper to wish for good fortune rather than bad fortune. We all have luck, both good and bad, and we all rightly prefer to get the good kind more often than not, and much more often than the bad kind. But, as any sensible adult knows, good fortune isn’t enough. All the good luck in the world will not, on its own, make life satisfying, let alone good. It may make it better than it would be otherwise, but better is not necessarily good. We want to live well, not just to have good things happen to us periodically. As much as we wish for and benefit from good luck, the advantageousness of the uncontrolled contingencies of our lives has little, if anything, to do with moral decency. And because virtue is the way to happiness, good luck will not make us happy, either.
MADISON, Wisconsin — The pendulum of statewide political power swung back toward the fulcrum on Wednesday when the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Gov. Tony Evers’ repeated use of emergency declarations to control the […]
Austin, Texas, Mar 31, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- The Texas Senate passed six pro-life bills on Tuesday, including one banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and one that would ban it outright should the Supreme Court reverse abortion precedent.
Senate Bill 8, which is known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. A fetal heartbeat is typically detected around the sixth week of a pregnancy. The bill passed the Senate March 30 on a vote of 19-12. All Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., voted in favor of the bill.
Similar bills passed in other states have been overturned by courts and have not gone into effect. It is possible that Texas may be looking to take this problem to the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court hears the case, it may overturn abortion precedent set with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.