prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude
faith, hope and charity.
Thus — the Seven Heavenly Virtues!
I’m afraid virtue was behind the delivery room door when I was born. ;) I fight for it every day. Thanks for the ping!
“We unite ourselves to Him, in so far as this is possible, by participating in the godlike virtues and by entering into communion with Him through prayer and praise. Because the virtues are similitudes of God, to participate in them puts us in a fit state to receive the Deity, yet it does not actually unite us to Him. But prayer through its sacral and hieratic power actualizes our ascent to and union with the Deity, for it is a bond between noetic creatures and their Creator.” +Gregory Palamas
The bad news is that you have to practice grace does not cancel nature, but presupposes it. A person’s vices do not nicely fall away like scales when that person receives the grace of Christ.
Good piece. Thanks for the flag.
Fortitude, a most noble virtue to aim for.
I am glad we are talking about this topic because it is of great interest to me. I only wish I could say I was more free of the vices
Wow! So the difference between the virtue driven Catholic and the virtue driven Muslim is what? They are both headed in the same direction, no?
How about having a GOSPEL centered life instead. Virtuousness can be practiced by the infidel, and leads to the same place where they are going, without Christ. Only the Gospel leads one to Jesus, and He is the only hope of salvation. (But I am sure that is taught by the Catholic Church, right?)