Last Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton won 11 well-deserved Tony Awards, and, last week, I wrote an appreciation of the show for Aleteia. In keeping with Miranda’s style, it’s a mashup: the grace-filled story of Hamilton’s adultery and the way he is forgiven paired with St. Therese of Liseux’s advice for withstanding temptation.
The choice he refused to acknowledge as a choice kept rippling out, leaving no part of his life undamaged. If Hamilton was tempted to despair at his own weakness before, this should be enough to blot out all hope. If he couldn’t simply leave the room to avoid a sin, he has no power to undo the effects of the sin.
Luckily, Miranda’s play acknowledges that grace doesn’t depend on Hamilton’s strength.