Friday, May 7, 2010

The Joy of a Virtuous Life

"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians:4:8

A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.

The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Why would one seek to live a righteous and virtuous life? The answer to that questions lies in what occurs when one does not. Take a look at the mess that the professional athletes and celebrities have created because they lived a life that was a lie or because they disregarded others right's or dignity. A virtuous person leads a happy life. He or she does not worry if their actions will be found out by others, or spend needless time and energy lying and deceiving others. In the Book of Proverbs it says "son, forget not my teaching, keep in mind my commands;For many days, and years of life, and peace, will they bring you" The multitude of problems that occur in our world have been brought on by disobedience to God. God's commandments come from a loving Father, if followed they don't bring chaos or misery to one's life, they bring joy!

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