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Virtuous Living

CITE: La tentación de Santo Tomás de Aquino “The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas” by Diego Velázquez – 1632


Some people may despair that civilization is on the brink of ruin, but it need not be left to fail. The most sturdy footholds on the precipice are the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, and the eight Beatitudes. To these we should cling with both reason and passion. Through our abiding and roaring proclamation of virtue, our civilization can perceive these footholds as the proper relief from the alluring vices that would drag it down.

Make no mistake: sin is a weight around the soul of our society. However, virtue reliably severs our ties to sin. Like a shining light on the hill, our passion for virtue will illuminate the path back up from the edge of the abyss. As Dr. Peter Kreeft reminds us in the last chapter of his book, Back to Virtue, each civilization has prospered in proportion to its virtue and virtue survives because we have a purpose for living, or religious convictions. So religion is necessary for the survival of civilization as expressed through our virtues. Since all goodness comes from God and our right relationship with Him, we should be passionate about our faith and share a virtue driven life with zeal as the sole remedy for the fallen—and failing—world.

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