Thanks to Caroline Mueller for this post! She is such a great patriot!
“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Hugo’s most beloved work, Les Misérables, nails government as a chronic oppressor. He shows poor people being helped not by government but by the charitable works of a private individual. He tells why a resourceful entrepreneur is an engine of human progress. He celebrates revolution against tyranny, while making clear why egalitarian policies backfire. His hero Jean Valjean does good voluntarily, peacefully.
Although Hugo possessed a good and generous spirit (personal charity accounted for about a third of his household expenses during his peak earning years), a deep compassion for the suffering of individuals and mankind in general, and an abiding trust in God’s love — because of his legendary vanity and extramarital affairs, he was hardly considered a Christian role model or a pillar of righteousness in his personal life. Indeed, at times, he stood on the boundaries of the Christian faith.
Possibly without even realising it, in Les Misérables Hugo has written one of the strongest pro-Christian novels of the last two hundred years.
Liberty is the most precious possession of all mankind. Food and water are nothing; clothing and shelter are luxuries. He who is free stands with his head high, even if hungry, naked and homeless. I dedicate my own life, whatever may be left of it, to the cause of liberty — liberty for all!
‘Les Miserables’ Official Trailer: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.