Letter #22, 2023 Wednesday, January 18: Top Ten 2022, #9: Matt Walsh
Each year we choose 10 people we feel are exemplary is some way for their witness faith, their hope, their charity — the three are related.
Among our choices was Matt Walsh, 36.
This young man has become very controversial in our “post-Christian” society, and often condemned for his traditional Catholic beliefs, particularly on gender and “transgenderism.”
But he has not been silenced.
He has courageously spoken the truth in love, despite vicious attacks against him.
Walsh rented an apartment in Virginia for one day in 2021 to qualify to speak out against the Loudoun County School Board for allowing transgender students the use of restrooms matching their gender identity.
During his speech, which he later featured in his film What is a Woman?, Walsh said:
“You are all child abusers. You prey upon impressionable children and indoctrinate them into your insane ideological cult, a cult which holds many fanatical views but none so deranged as the idea that boys are girls and girls are boys.” (link)
St. Paul tells us in his famous verses in his 1st Letter to the Corinthians: “For now we see now as in a glass darkly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know even as I am known. So there remain these three: faith, hope and charity. But the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:12-13)
The question remains: What is true charity (from the Latin word “caritas,” meaning love)?
What is true love?
Webster’s dictionary tells us that charity means “in a general sense, love, benevolence, good-will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow-men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good-will to men.”
“To do them good.”
But there may be some disagreement over what “good” one can or should do to another, or others.
This is our situation today.
It is agreed that we should love one another, and do good to one another.
But what is the most true and greatest good we can do?
When the apostles Peter and John were going into the Temple, there was a lame man who was asking them for alms.
Though the man was “expecting” money, he received both “less” and “more” than he expected.
He received less pity and more love, less money and more worth, less limitation and more freedom, less pain and more health. (link)
When the man looked up at them, seeking an act of love from them (the giving of a few coins), Peter said this:
“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give unto thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
“And he, leaping up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:6-8)
Real love means giving people the truth.
So the Apostles told the man to “rise up and walk” as an act of love and of truth.
And if you love children, you want to give them what is real, and what is true.
And if you truly love and want to help them, you do try to give them what is real and true, not guide and direct and encourage them to travel into a shadowland of untruth and falsity which ultimately abandons them to profound frustration, misery and despair.
For this reason, we choose the courageous Matt Walsh as one of our “Top Ten” people of 2022.
(Below is a more complete profile.)