We can pray, too, for the courage and persistence to continue to look for political leaders with the gifts of mind and heart that incline them to be virtuous people.

We can pray, too, for the courage and persistence to continue to look for political leaders with the gifts of mind and heart that incline them to be virtuous people. We have accepted the bad idea that public and private life are separate, and this I think is pernicious. A man or a woman who cannot live a good life before God and man privately must not be regarded as capable of public service. Jesus said, -By their fruits you shall know them.- People who have failed to live up to the obligations they freely accepted in their family life cannot be expected to succeed in guiding and directing their communities or our national life.