Growing in Virtue: The First Step

Growing in Virtue: The First Step

Most of us did not grow up with specific training in the virtues. We learned the alphabet and multiplication tables. When we were older, we were exposed to more complex science, literature, and history. Many of us went off to university, where we learned a lot of...
Temperance and Self-Possession

Temperance and Self-Possession

The virtue of temperance sometimes gets a bad reputation. As the virtue that “moderates the attraction of pleasures” (Catechism of the Catholic Church: Second Edition, no. 1809), many people today object to such a notion: “What’s wrong with seeking...
Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

How do you respond when “bad things” happen to you? When you experience disappointment or setbacks? When you are hurt by something someone said? When experiencing sorrow, we might be tempted to close in on ourselves. We might allow negative emotions to...
The Power of Tithing and Almsgiving

The Power of Tithing and Almsgiving

Stewardship. Time, talent, and treasure. Appeal. Those words are often merely associated with pleas to raise money for the Church. But if we understood the biblical concepts of stewardship, tithing, and almsgiving, it would revolutionize the way we look at charitable...
Whose Rights? The Paradox of Moral Relativism

Whose Rights? The Paradox of Moral Relativism

Whose rights are protected in a relativistic culture? It is precisely on this point that relativistic societies face a serious dilemma:  How does a community arbitrate various individuals’ competing interests?  There is much rhetoric in our modern world about...