Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

Archbishop Chaput just gave a brilliant lecture on Marcus Aurelius and the pursuit of what is true, right and lasting. It was the latest in a monthly lecture series for the Year of Faith sponsored at DC's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It was so tightly crafted almost every sentence could be an aphorism. However, since there is as yet no published text, you'll have to take my word for it.

Update: Here's the text to enjoy. Betcha can't guess who he's quoting in the opening.

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single act. Behave justly to those who are around you. Be vigilant over your thoughts, so that nothing should steal into them without being well examined.”

He wrote: “Every moment, focus steadily on doing the task at hand with perfect and simple dignity, and with feelings of affection and freedom and justice. Put away hypocrisy. Put away self-love and discontent with your portion in life. We were made for cooperation, and to act against one another is contrary to nature. Accept correction gladly. Teach without anger. Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, a friend of justice, kind, affectionate, and strenuous in all proper acts.”

Finally, he wrote: “Take care never to feel toward those who are inhuman, the way they feel toward other men.”