Besides being the joyful feast of Saint Nicholas, this is also the sombre anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre in 1989, and commemorated with vigils ever since. Peruse Steyn’s take on the debacle, which did not reflect well, as he puts it, upon Canadian manhood. When Gamil Gharbi, son of an Algerian Muslim, who in adulthood took his (divorced) mother’s last name, adopting ‘Marc Lepine’, walked into that classroom, fired off a round, and demanded ‘Separez vous!’, every man walked out, stood in the hallway as the shots were fired and the women died, and still did nothing when Mr. Gharbi/Lepine walked past them.  Ponder also the loss of ‘women and children first’ in recent disasters, from cruise ships to fires. Quite literally now it is every man for himself, the fairer and weaker take the hindmost. Sad. But chivalry is not dead, so long as it burns in the heart of but one masculine soul.

What’s with Nancy Pelosi? Evoking her Catholic faith, after all these years, but only as a reproof against those who claim she ‘hates’ President Trump. Au contraire, cries the Democratic harridan, she prays for the President daily – in fact, ‘all the time’ in her own words. I wonder if she also prays for an end to abortion, contraception, the travesty of ‘same sex’ marriage, of which she is a vociferous supporter, and, like white-hot hate, are also contrary to her ‘Catholic faith’. We might remind Ms. Pelosi that to love is to will the good of the other, and not just any good, but the true good, that will lead to their – and our own – fulfilment, in the broad, eternal sense of that word.

Hate, on the other hand, is to will evil to another. Some forms of ‘evil’, such as punishment, are an indirect form of ‘tough love’. But what are we to say of Ms. Pelosi’s radical support for abortion? Is not willing the death of the unborn, however indirectly, a not-so-subtle type of hate? I wonder if she will be wagging her bony finger at that most just of Judges, whom we all must face. And, in the end, we will all be judged on love, and love especially to the least of His brethren.

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