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Catholic Grit

A recently published book by psychologist Angela Duckworth, Grit: Passion, Perseverance and the Science of Success, seeks to quantify the characteristics that make some innately mediocre people succeed and some innately talented people perform just so-so.  Similarly author Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Whatever It Takes, describes why character matters and how to instill it in our children.  Both works indicate the importance of “grit” in rising above one’s natural place, whether it be physical challenges, intellectual pursuits, business, etc.  Grit itself might be distilled into a set of synonyms:  perseverance, toughness,

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In But Not Of The [Collapsing] World

Last year I wrote a short post on Hilaire Belloc’s Third Phase.  Belloc foresaw an upcoming fork in the road for civilization, in which “the Catholic direction will be generally restored, or it will be lost – and with it, probably our civilization.”  Rob Dreher writes rather convincingly here that we have already passed the fork, and have taken, not surprisingly, the path to destruction.  I encourage you to read his entire article, but if you are pressed, here are a few noteworthy snippets. “If by ‘Christianity we mean the philosophical and cultural framework setting the broad terms for engagement

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