The Virtues And Virtue: A Rumination

Faith, Hope & Charity Vinyl Wall Statement, Vinyl, SCR125

by Francis W. Porretto

If you’ve had any kind of education at all, you’ll be familiar with the three “theological” virtues:

  • Faith,
  • Hope,
  • Charity.

     …and if you managed to graduate high school without being incarcerated for a major felony, you’ll probably know about the “cardinal virtues:”

  • Prudence,
  • Justice,
  • Temperance,
  • Fortitude.

     I shan’t expend server space expounding on what each of those lovely words means. Regular Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch will already know all that, and the rest of the world can consult an online dictionary. Suffice it to say that there’s little argument over the value of the virtues tabulated above. Most of us have been cuffed about the head and shoulders by our parents (or assorted authorities in loco parentis) on those occasions when we’ve failed to practice them.

     But there remains a question that’s been on my mind these past couple of days: Is the cultivation and practice of the virtues sufficient to make one “virtuous,” or is more required?

     Clearly, one can practice a particular virtue at some times but fail to do so at others. Even the best of us are sinners; that comes from our human partiality and fallibility. While we are made in such a fashion that we can become saints, none of us is entitled to that status while living.

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Sgt Prepper
14 days ago

TOLERANCE is not a Christian virtue.