OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan: "We want a spiritual father. We want someone who stands for what is difficult and right, what is impossible but true. Being human we don't always or necessarily want to live by the truth or be governed by it. But we are grateful when someone stands for it. We want him to be standing up there on the balcony. We want to aspire to it, reach to it, point to it and know that it is there. "
Peggy Noonan is probably the most consistently beautiful writer of commentary of our time. My favorite aspect of her writing is that her prose is eloquent and sophisticated, yet she always uses a common and accessible vernacular. You never have to pull out your thesaurus every paragraph or two when you read her column, yet her work always has the air of art to it.
She is at her best when writing about the Church and the Holy Father. I thought it was specific to John Paul II, a man she clearly adored, yet this week's column proves her love is for Catholicism and Catholics.
A few years back she had a column about the story of Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe'. I'm going to search the archive for it and post a link, you have to read it.
Update: Here is the column on OLG. It's wonderful.
Update 4/22/05: Looks like Roman Catholic Blog agrees with the fabulousness of Peggy Noonan.