The Theological Virtues: Charity
May12

The Theological Virtues: Charity

      The Theological Virtues: Charity Or: Loving as God Loves   The two terms “love” and “charity” are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, “I love hot chocolate,” or “I love...

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The Theological Virtues: Hope
May12

The Theological Virtues: Hope

  The Theological Virtues: Hope Or: Striving for Heaven   As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God’s supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That’s where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope...

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The Theological Virtues: Faith
May12

The Theological Virtues: Faith

      The Theological Virtues: Faith Or: God’s Truth in Our Souls   Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural...

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The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance
May11

The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

      The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance Or: Avoiding Ruin   Throughout our lives, we will all have struggles against temptations for what we know to be detrimental to ourselves and others. Temperance is the virtue which counteracts these temptations. Temperance enables us to keep from doing what is wrong, even when we have strong feelings for it. In other words, temperance is what keeps us from sinning, even when we...

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The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude
May10

The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

    The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude Or: The Determination to Become Happy   In our lives many situations arise in which it becomes difficult to do the right thing, even when we know what it is. There may be all sorts of reasons for why it is disagreeable to act according to what we know is best. In order to stay strong, to do what is good, we need the third cardinal virtue, known alternately as fortitude, courage, or...

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The Cardinal Virtues: Social Justice
May10

The Cardinal Virtues: Social Justice

    The Cardinal Virtues: Social Justice Or: Our Obligations to Societies   As we saw in the last section, justice is the virtue whereby we give others what we owe them. We have already discussed justice in relation to individuals (God and neighbor), as well as the proper relation between justice and the closely connected themes of love and mercy. Now we will look at how we are to preserve our proper relationship to...

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