A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I wrote a series of short stories inspired by “faith, hope, and charity” – the cardinal virtues. More recently, in watching the documentary “The Roosevelts,” I heard this quote from FDR’s acceptance speech at the 1936 Democratic convention:
“We do not see faith, hope and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a Nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization. Faith – in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships. Hope – renewed because we know so well the progress we have made. Charity – in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men (sic) to help themselves.”
FDR wanted the federal government to enact these virtues, to bring them alive in its policies. At this time in our history, we need to insist on the same.
And, maybe I’ll dig out those stories and see if they have any messages for us now.