Seeing and Believing


A priest writes:

Your article "When not seeing.." was discussed Sunday afternoon at a gathering of my family in Houston for lunch.  My family is Protestant and Catholic and we are, with rare exceptions, Democrats. We thank you for your reflection.  And I know from "Virtually Normal" and other writings that the reflection is a soul portrait.

The only line I wish you had added, toward the end, is this:  "And from a deep understanding of human powerlessness comes the political tradition we used to call liberalism." Your self-revelation has been immensely helpful to me.  As I struggle, at age 71 years, to free myself from the grip of the god of judgment and condemnation, I am strengthened by what you have shared.

The essay is an abridgment of a central argument in "The Conservative Soul."