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...
The First Step of Prudence

The First Step of Prudence

Prudence is the virtue that most immediately helps us live our lives on target. When we regret a decision, find ourselves in a sticky situation that was quite avoidable, or just sense our lives are not heading in the right direction, it is often because this...
Agony, Anxiety and Decisiveness

Agony, Anxiety and Decisiveness

Do you agonize over big decisions or get anxious about the future? Are you afraid of commitments? Do you change your mind a lot? These tendencies may be an indication of a lack of prudence. In the previous reflection, we saw how counsel is the first step of prudence,...