Virtue || Lent 2014, Day 2, #CSLentIPJ


How ironic that today's prompt is virtue; I'm currently in a bible study that is using a guide called Courageous Virtue.  We are about halfway through the study; the virtue we are discussing right now is self-control (temperance) which fits nicely into this Lenten season.

There have been so many good discussions in our group as we cover the different virtues - the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance) and the three theological virtues (faith, hope, love).  One topic we come back to again and again is how virtue is portrayed in a negative light in our culture.  To be virtuous is nearly synonymous with being a boring old prude.

But most people are aiming for being more virtuous in their lives whether they realize it or not.  Virtue, as defined by the Catholic Church, is:

"Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good." - CCC 1833

Every time you make a New Year's resolution or buy the latest self-help guide or even just ask a trusted friend for their honest opinion about your faults, you're seeking virtue.  That innate desire to improve yourself in some fashion is the desire for a more virtuous life.

A life without virtue - a life lived in a reckless, unfair, cowardly, and gluttonous manner, a life filled with doubt, despair, and hate - is a wasted life, a life that neither inspires others nor satisfies the soul.

Phil 3:14

This post is inspired by Catholic Sistas Lent 2014 Instagram Photo Journal.