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Reform and Renewal: Everyone Can Do Something

The paragraphs below are taken from the beginning and the end of this excellent article by Anthonly Esolen. Read the rest for seven more ways to begin reforming and renewing the culture.

What shall we do now? The answer is both daunting and liberating. We do everything.
 That doesn’t mean that I do everything, or that you do everything. Suppose you find yourself in a bombed out city. There are all kinds of things to do, and all of them have to be done. Some needs are more pressing than others, and some things can be done only after other things are in order. But everywhere you turn, there’s work to do. […] So you do what you can do—the work that is ready to your hand.

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Whatever you do, do it as if everything depends on just that.
It does, after all. Let no one say to you, “What difference does it make if you sing beautiful hymns at Mass?” That’s the way the world thinks. For the world, despite all its pretense of love for every individual, considers men to be mere stuff, an accumulation or amalgamation. Do not believe it. The next person you greet may be on the verge of sainthood or damnation. Every moral choice we make repeats the drama of Eden. No one can do everything. Everyone can do something. Begin.

—from the Crisis Magazine online article Reform and Renewal Starts with Us by Anthony Esolen

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