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Five Ways to Increase Patience

None of us can claim to have mastered perfectly the virtue of patience. We think we have made a major victory in acquiring patience, and then, out of the blue and taken by surprise, we explode! Our illusion of being the most patient person in the world went up in smoke! Patience is so important that Jesus Christ, our model in...

The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

When I think about it, it still boggles my mind that the United States of America once passed a constitutional amendment outlawing alcohol. The movement that made this happen was composed of a bunch of fusty tee-totaling ladies that believed alcohol to be one of the greatest evils known to man. Most unfortunately, they mislabeled themselves the "Temperance" movement, when...

The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

This post is part of a series on the four Cardinal Virtues. For the other posts in the series, click here.  At some point or another, we all encounter things in life that cause us to be afraid.  Whether it's sudden unemployment, making a life-altering choice, a sudden illness, or the prospect of physical pain, fear is a fact of life in...

The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

Today, we continue our series on the Cardinal Virtues. For the first post on prudence, see here. As the virtues go, justice isn't the most popular---we would much rather hear about mercy or pardon, at least in regard to ourselves. And yet, justice is one of the most important virtues a man can possess. There is no such thing as...

The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

Previously, I've written about the importance of being a virtuous man, but it's difficult to pursue virtue if we don't first know what virtue is. Fortunately, Mother Church, building on the great thinkers of the ancient world, has outlined exactly which seven virtues we should pursue, and she has given us clear definitions of each. The first four virtues are called the cardinal virtues...

The Virtuous Man

Virtue isn't often associated with manliness these days. In fact, the exact opposite is true---many believe you aren't a real man unless you are a "bad boy" or a rebel. But this wasn't always the case. In fact, the virtue comes from the Latin word vir, meaning man. Virtue literally means manliness. In ancient times, philosophers like Aristotle encouraged men to cultivate virtue...