RITUAL WITHOUT RELATIONSHIP AND LAW WITHOUT LOVE

Our players all have one thing in common, a natural tendency to rebel and be drawn toward vice. Let’s face it, we all have that inside of us. If we are going to help our players be virtuous, then we are going to have to recognize that this is the starting point. Juveniles are rebellious. […]

On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself

An interpretation of works by Thomas Kempis EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without putting that knowledge to work by living virtuously? A humble ignorant man who lives a virtuous life is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study about all manners of worldly knowledge. A man […]

Virtue: Personate or Personify?

Okay, so you agree. Virtues are the glue without which no nation can long endure; they are the sticky stuff without which no institution can hold together; they are the centripetal force without which no organization can defy disintegration. If people do not learn about virtues in the home, in the school, in the media, […]

EMPATHY

To show empathy is to identify with another’s feelings. It is to emotionally put yourself in the place of another. The ability to empathize is directly dependent on your ability to feel your own feelings and identify them. If you have never felt a certain feeling, it will be hard for you to understand how […]

Putting Virtue First in Our Schools

The main problem facing our schools today is a lack of virtue. All of our other problems stem from it. Our educator’s attempts at school reform will fail unless character education and teaching the virtues is put at the top of the agenda. If students don’t learn about the virtues of self-discipline and respect for […]

Small Acts of Love

When it comes to living lives of virtue, we often find ourselves being able to “talk the talk”, but we seem to have a hard time “walking the walk”. I am just as guilty as anyone in this regard. We wholeheartedly commit ourselves to loving and serving fellow man, and then either deliberately or by […]

WHAT DO YOU LOVE? SEEN OR UNSEEN

What is it that you love the most? Do you pin your hopes, dreams, and love on winning football games, a league title, a playoff appearance, or a state title? Do you measure your success as a man by your job status, salary, bank account balance, home value, retirement account, boat, recreational vehicle, vacation home, […]

Reverence for Humanity in our Players

[do action=”vfquote” quote=”Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another always as an end and never as a means only.” author=”Immanuel Kant”/] It has always bothered me when coaches talk about their players and use the words “My kids” and “My guys”. Again, they are not YOUR […]

Turn Away from Vice

If we are going to live a virtuous life, we must turn away from vice every time it try’s to peck at our soul. We must also break the chains that vice has on our hearts and extinguish the fires of temptation that are sparked in our souls. To do this, quite often we must […]

HOPE NOW

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. When our players come off the field following an opponent’s touchdown in a lopsided contest that we are losing, I always look into our player’s eyes. I am looking for hope. Sometimes I see fear and hopelessness. I bet a lot of people look […]