Virtue of the Week: Courage

They Sent Me to Finish The Olympic Games, Mexico, 1968. The marathon is the final event on the program. The Olympic stadium is packed and there is excitement as the first athlete, an Ethiopian runner, enters the stadium. The crowd erupts as he crosses the finish line. Way back in the field is another runner, […]

Virtue of the Week: Courage

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs […]

Do you have the COURAGE to talk to teenagers about this? You know it’s going on, what are you going to do about it!

Online Porn is the Most Harmful Threat Facing Children Today. By Martin Daubney The moment I knew internet pornography had cast its dark shadow over the lives of millions of ordinary teenagers will live with me forever. I was sitting in the smart drama hall of a specialist sports college in the North of England […]

Ten Hard Steps to Being Courageous.

[do action=”vfquote” quote=”We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” author=”Joseph Campbell”/] Take responsibility for your own actions. Don’t be a victim anymore and blame your troubles on others. Own your life and own it fully, good or bad. Live […]


Leadership is “influence”. The ideal leader is someone whose life and character motivate people to follow. The best kind of leadership derives its authority first from the force of a virtuous example, and not merely from the power of a “position”. By contrast, much of our world leadership today is nothing more than manipulation of […]


We are compelled, we are called, to address the problem of rebuilding the moral foundation of Americas youth. Our society struggles with finding solutions to our current moral crisis. How can we teach morality and virtue to our youth when today’s society tells us that no morality or virtue set can be validated? How in […]

Power of Virtue in Leadership

By Michael Stallard Even though we’ve lost a great coach and teacher with John Wooden’s death, he left a legacy that that is especially relevant today: his virtuous leadership style. Let me put this in context. Consider two recent data points. In 2009, a research report from the Corporate Executive Board showed that 75 percent […]

Eagles over wolves in a rout

By Rick Reilly Among the burdens of a married American male are to provide shelter, put food in the cupboards and occasionally sit through showings of “The View.” Which is what my wife and I were doing last week when we saw something that made it hard to speak, much less drink our coffee. A […]

Value or Virtue?

What is the difference between a “Value” and a “Virtue”. A value is “A person’s principles or standards of behavior…one’s judgment of what is important in life.” Values are the ideals or standards that people use to direct their behavior; values are what people strive to realize in their lives. Values are the standards we […]

Is “Virtue” a Scientific Concept?

The Rev. Benedict Ashley, O.P. The concept of “virtue” plays little or no role in modern psychology because psychologists suppose that it is a “philosophical” term foreign to psychology as an empirical science.[i] Hence before this concept and the extensive tradition of study of human behavior in which has been used can play a role […]