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What Exactly Are Virtues?

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Virtue

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What Exactly Are Virtues? AS HUMAN BEINGS in the world of time and space, we have to interact constantly with three basic realities: 1) things that cause or promise to cause pleasure; 2) things that cause or threaten to cause pain or harm; and 3) other persons. Our passions tend to react automatically to pleasures and pains…If we form the habit of making our decisions and taking action based... Read More

10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always (Part 2 of 2)

March 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 11 of 12) 10 Ways to Find Happiness, this Lent and Always (Part 2 of 2) This week we scheduled Part II of last week’s post, 10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always. But rather than try my very unworthy hand at imparting the wisdom of the ages, I thought you might appreciate a little direct advice from some of the greatest minds and souls in the history of... Read More

Love, Loss and the Liberty of Letting Go

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 9 of 12) …the lack of courage to accept injury and the incapability of self-sacrifice belong to the deepest sources of psychic illness. All neuroses seem to have as a common symptom an egocentric anxiety, a tense and self-centered concern for security, the inability to “let go”; in short, that kind of love for one’s own life that leads straight to the loss... Read More

From Justice to Fortitude

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 8 of 12) From Justice to Fortitude This week, we straddle two virtues: the end of our discussion of justice and the beginning of our discussion of fortitude. And while they went together somehow, I can’t seem to bring them together cohesively into this writing assignment. So, given that, I’m going to focus on fortitude, a virtue I’ve admittedly never... Read More

Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice?

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 6 of 12) Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice? Justice is a hot word in some circles, and it’s one that gets tossed around and not so deeply considered. I didn’t realize just how true that was until I dove into this week’s reading. Last week, we read that justice is the only virtue that’s an external act. This week, in chapter 3,... Read More

The Importance of Friendship

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 4 of 12) There is no way of grasping the concreteness of a man’s ethical decisions from outside. But no, there is a certain way, a single way: that is through the love of friendship. A friend, and a prudent friend, can help to shape a friend’s decision. He does so by virtue of that love which makes the friend’s problems his own, the friend’s... Read More

The First Among Virtues: Prudence

January 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Sarah Reinhard

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 2 of 12) The First Among Virtues: Prudence I’ll be honest with you, faithful reader, my first thought, after reading this chapter for a second time, was, “OK, Reinhard, it’s time to admit it: you’re in WAY OVER YOUR HEAD.” I laughed when I read Vicki’s introduction last week, because I so related with it. This book sounds…dry.... Read More

The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper

January 6, 2015 by  
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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 1 of 12) Dear Fellow Reader: We at Catholic Spiritual Direction hope you’ve been enjoying a very Merry Christmas season, that your New Year is full of peace and joy, and that you are ready to make good on that New Year’s resolution to devote time every day to spiritual reading!  Please join us as we begin our first book for the New Year – The Four... Read More

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