Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Rareness of Loyalty


According to Dr. Marian Horvat, "To be loyal is to be true to oneself and to one's neighbor. To be true to oneself, one should align his actions and words to his sentiments, and his sentiments to the laws of Morals and the common good. One is true to one's neighbor when he opportunely expresses what he feels and knows to be true, honest, and good, and not just what the other wants to hear.

"Loyal persons, enemies of dissimulation, disguise, and pretense, are most rare. . . . To be loyal is to respect one's given word, not to conceal a second intention, not to sacrifice the higher cause for the secondary. An honorable man has only one word, be it explicitly stated or manifested in another way."

Horvat, Catholic Manual of Civility (2008), Tradition in Action, Inc., p. 72.

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