Yesterday, we talked about how to grow in virtue we must face and overcome the opposing vice.

To grow in patience, we must actually be tempted by impatience. To grow in courage, we must overcome fear. To grow in meekness, we must conquer our anger.

While these virtues are extremely important, we also cannot forget that this also applies to the Big 3, the Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity.

To grow in these virtues, we must first understand what they are. The Catechism of the Catholic church tells us:

“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us.”

“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.”

“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.”

Then again, getting back to our point from yesterday. Essentially, we are faced with the opposite of each of these virtues – doubting God, trusting in ourselves, and putting the world above God.

And in seeing the negative image of these virtues, we can see the crisis of our times – a deep lack in Faith, Hope, and Charity.

 

Be the Men,

 

Mark

 

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