Memories are powerful – a place, a picture, or even a smell can take us back to a time long forgotten.
When this happens, we’re reminded of the amazing intricacies and mysteries of the human mind, especially our memory.
Throughout my academic career, I was a very good student – in large part to my memory. I was able to quickly ‘memorize’ information, cram for the test, do well, and then essentially dispense of that information.
The grade became the desired end result, not actual knowledge of the subject matter.
This idea has application in matters of faith and virtue. St. Albert the Great, a Dominican saint of the 1200s, considered memory to be the most important part of the virtue of prudence.
“Whence we say that among all those things which point toward ethical wisdom, the most necessary is trained memory, because from past events we are guided in the present and the future, and not from the converse.” – St. Albert the Great
To act virtuously in the future, in the present we must not only remember but understand events from our past. That is how we can learn and grow. That’s how we can expect a different outcome when we face a familiar problem or temptation.
Our memory is a powerful tool, but what are we using it for?
Be the Men,