Why Choose Virtue, Part 1

13 Apr

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Our Faith teaches us that there are three kinds of virtues: human, moral and theological.

The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” teaches us that Human Virtues help us achieve firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions and guide our conduct according to reason and faith” (No. 1804).

Cardinal or Moral Virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. These virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts. They dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.

Prudence is the moral virtue that enables us to choose what is good in every situation or circumstance. Prudence guides the judgment of conscience.

Justice is the moral virtue that helps us to develop a strong will to give to God and neighbor what is due to them. Justice toward God is called “virtue of religion.” Justice toward others ensures the rights of each person and establishes harmony in relationships.

The moral virtue of Fortitude ensures firmness in and constancy in the pursuit of good.

Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

So, to be virtuous is to live, by the grace of God, a balanced life, one in which you are content with yourself and others can be comfortable around you.

But there is more. In Part 2, the Theological Virtues enable you to live in communion with God.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Why Choose Virtue, Part 1”

  1. Maggie Ramshaw April 13, 2017 at 2:12 am #

    Finally….

    Thank you. Maggie

    Please forgive any typos. Sent from my iPhone.

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    • Henry Libersat April 13, 2017 at 2:14 am #

      You are most welcome. Where are you located to be four hours ahead of EST in the U.S.?

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