Peggy Noonan, born Margaret Ellen Noonan

Noonan, born Margaret Ellen Noonan

American Author, Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Speech Writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan

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I always got the feeling with John Paul that if he could have narrowed down the people he met and blessed those he loved the most, they would not be cardinals, princes, or congressman, but nuns from obscure convents and Down syndrome children, especially the latter. Because they have suffered, and because in some serious and amazing way the love of God seems more immediately available to them. Everyone else gets themselves tied up in ambition and ideas and bustle, all the great distractions, but the modest and unwell are so often unusually open to this message: God loves us, his love is all around us, he made us to love him and be happy

The leaders of the Catholic Church need to let younger generations of priests and nuns rise to positions of authority within a new church. Most especially and most immediately, they need to elevate women. As a nun said to me this week, if a woman had been sitting beside a bishop transferring a priest with a history of abuse, she would have said: "Hey, wait a minute!"

I close with a nod of small thanks for the title of a book I saw the other day called, Are You There, Vodka? This is Chelsea. The stewardess was reading it on a flight from Phoenix to Newark. She was laughing. It was nice.

The new home fashion will be spare. This will be the return of an old WASP style: the good, frayed carpet; dogs that look like dogs and not a hairdo in a teacup, as miniature dogs back from the canine boutique do now.

I further know that if God has something special for you, you have a knowledge of it inside you, which

The other day I met with a Chinese dissident who has served time in jail, and whose husband is in jail in Beijing. I asked her if the longing for democratic principles that has swept the generation of Tiananmen Square has been accompanied by a rise in religious feeling -- a new interest in Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity. She thought for a moment, and looked at me. "Among the young, I would say our religion is money," she said. I nodded, and said, "Oh, that's our religion too."

I was starting to feel that Washington was a city run by two rival gangs that had a great deal in common with each other, including an essential lack of interest in the well-being of the turf on which they fought.

The Pope replied, of what should we not be afraid? We should not fear the truth about ourselves. He spoke of how Saint Peter himself, the rock on which Christ had built his church, had told Christ to leave him, for I am a sinful man. Peter was a sinful man. We all are, including popes. We are imperfect and our hearts are anxious. But we cannot and should not let the fact of our unworthiness and flaws and failures build that wall with a kind of inverted pride that says, Oh, I?m so unworthy, and I?d know how unworthy I am better than you would.

If everyone lived as Christ asked, Communism would have no converts but the devil.

The worst thing about what is called the homeless situation is that people are living in the cold and damp of the street. The second worst thing is how it corrupts the people who walk by, making believe that they don't see, making believe that they don't hear what is being said to them, playing the heavy in the movie of their mind as they shake their head no.

A friend, noting what has and will continue to happen with car sales, said America will look like Havana?old cars and faded grandeur. It won't. It will look like 1970, only without the bell-bottoms and excessive hirsuteness. More families will have to live together. More people will drink more regularly. Secret smoking will make a comeback as part of a return to simple pleasures. People will slow down. Mainstream religion will come back. Walker Percy again: Bland affluence breeds fundamentalism. Bland affluence is over.

If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.

We're all too quick to judge. That we don't even let the evidence of our eyes stop us in our rush to judgment...That we are not skeptical enough of what new media can cook up in its little devil's den. That anyone can be the victim of a high-tech lynching, and that because of this we have to be careful, slow down, look deeper. We live in a time when what you say is taped, and those tapes can be cut, and the cuts can be ruinous, and if you think it only happens to the rich and famous, think again. It's coming to a theater near you.

A thought: good people are always at a disadvantage in the world because to be good is to be honest and the honest feel the weight of their misdeeds. Real bad guys don't, or not often, or not consistently, or not much.

Let's cause some senators distress.

You shouldn?t hold on to things, to neuroses. People-artists-think they have to hold on to their neuroses, their pains, or they won?t be a good actor anymore or a good artist. That?s the Liar. The Liar tells you that. You hold on to them, you?ll just wind up a lonely person. People become lonely with them, and the fame has moved on to someone else. You have to heal, you have to maintain relationships... That?s why we say the Our Father: ?Deliver us from evil

Abortion is either OK or it's not.

Memory is a trickster, moments fade, what grows more vivid with time is interpretation.

Affluence detaches. It removes you from the old and eternal, it gets you out of the rain.

My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.

And most of us know something else: in an age when politics is everything, people will do anything. They will have no scruples, no compunction, no remorse.

Novak was saying that the pope?s message was in part: You are not nothing; you are a great deal. God made you in his image, and he calls you to be like him. And so you must walk forward in to the world each day with confidence and humility. This reminded me of what a woman in Bible study said once. Walk with pride, for you are the daughter of a king.

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.

Our work is a vocation to which we have been called from the beginning of time. When we work we are partaking in and joining with God's ongoing creation of the world.

Do not be afraid! I can see that Americans are not afraid. They are not afraid of the sun, they are not afraid of the wind, they are not afraid of 'today'. They are, generally speaking, brave, good people. And so I say to you today, always be brave. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. God is with you. Do not be afraid to search for God-then you will truly be the land of the free, the home of the brave. God Bless America.

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American Author, Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Speech Writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan