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: 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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The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence
May08

The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

    ┬áThe Cardinal Virtues: Prudence Or: Smart Living Reprinted with permission from the Holy Family School of Faith.     Alright, let’s review: we want to be happy, and we want to pursue goods in a way that will make us happy. This means we have to learn how to act well, which in turn involves an acquisition of virtue. If that sounds complicated, let me put it more simply: virtue is about doing the right...

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The Nature of Virtue
May08

The Nature of Virtue

  Reprinted with permission from the Holy Family School of Faith.   The Nature of Virtue Or: How to Attain Happiness   In the last chapter we saw what every human person craves, and what motivates all human action, namely, certain goods such as friendship, love, accomplishment, health, etc… Further, we saw that if we pursue all these goods in the right way, it will lead to our happiness, whereas if we pursue them...

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