“First of all, let me say what an honor it is to speak at this university. As someone who is a devotee of Our Lady and who prays the rosary daily, I am thrilled to be at the University of Mary. For me, it could have no better name.” Thus began the talk of John Horvat on September 16 at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota.
The talk was one of a series of weekly talks called “convocations” given by guest speakers, which are open to the student body and faculty. Mr. Horvat spoke about “Return to Order: A Distinctly Catholic View of Contemporary Economics.” He discussed the current economic, moral and existential crisis and presented from the Church’s wisdom as a cure for the postmodern malaise.
The one-hour convocation drew from ideas found in the book, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Go Here, and Where We Need to Go. The author presented an analysis of what has gone wrong with the present culture and economy, and a goal toward which the nation might go. Finally, he presented some characteristics of what a return to order might look like. After the presentation, copies of the book and CD were available.
Later in the day, Mr. Horvat guest lectured a grammar class making a link between proper English usage and civility. The class also discussed the educational importance of manners.
“I was very impressed with these young people and their questions.” Mr. Horvat commented. “It shows that a return to order has a future.”
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