Posts tagged "Virtue"
The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, “the Philosopher,” observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual friendship, has the following attributes: “To be friends therefore, men must (1)...
The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, “a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord’s Passion, on Mount Valerien.”1 She died in Paris in 512. Holy Mother Church celebrates her...
Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio

Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante’s Purgatorio

At this death there ensured a struggled between the powers of good and evil for his soul; since he had uttered the name of Mary with his dying breath and shed a tear of true repentance, the heavily faction prevailed and bore his soul off to Paradise.
Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante’s Purgatorio

Listers, “The “Divina Commedia” is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: “to remove those living in this life from the state of misery, and lead them to the state of felicity”. It...
When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

When the World’s Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More’s Sainthood

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the “Man for All Seasons” – but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, “He was a...
May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? – 9 Comments by Aquinas

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be praised for it. Later in life,...
4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

It is true that St. Thomas Aquinas speaks of certain rights, but these rights are species of the virtue of justice. They are in absolutely no manner similar to how Hobbes, Locke, or later modernity will use the term rights.
Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Listers, Aristotle (“the Philosopher”) defined prudence as  “right reason applied to action.”1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.”2 Prudence is an indispensable part of the virtuous life. It...
The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

What does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous moral universe.
The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Lust is a vice that can easily consume a person's soul. The consequences are dire. Our Lady of Fatima proclaimed, 'more souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.’ Understand the vice of lust and her daughters so that the Catholic soul may stand guard against them. ...
The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

For when the Queen of Sins has fully possessed a conquered heart, she surrenders it immediately to seven principal sins, as if to some of her generals, to lay it waste.
3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

The vehicle by which man knows Natural Law is reason and understanding. Here, Aquinas makes a second important distinction – some men will understand more, some less. Aquinas is not promoting an egalitarian view of reason. All men may know, but all men will not know equally.
4 Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus

4 Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus

The Eucharist is the "source and summit of the Christian life" and there is no greater way to grow in faith and grace than feeding on the Bread of Life.
6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity’s Own Philosophy

Drunk off its political and scientific successes, modern thought and practice have abandoned the modest and moderate beginnings of political modernity.
15 Catholic Quotes in Response to the SCOTUS Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

15 Catholic Quotes in Response to the SCOTUS Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

"It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race." - Justice Scalia
The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

If we all die, why fight to secure it as a right? The matter at hand is not death, simply speaking, but rather assisted suicide – “in short, a right to become dead, by assistance if necessary.”
Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

"[H]aving forbidden all unlawful marriage, and all unseemly practice, and the union of women with women and men with men..."
The Agony of the Cross: 2 Thoughts on How Christ Can Suffer Grief and Have Beatific Knowledge

The Agony of the Cross: 2 Thoughts on How Christ Can Suffer Grief and Have Beatific Knowledge

How can Christ call out "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" if he has the grace of Beatific Knowledge?
St. Josemaria's 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

Humility is a virtue which we all ought to develop to bring ourselves in greater conformity with Christ as we seek 'to temper and restrain the mind, lest it tend to high things immoderately.'
The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

“Politics is the realm of reason – not of a merely technological, calculating reason, but of moral reason, since the goal of the state, and hence the ultimate goal of all politics, has a moral nature, namely, peace and justice.”
12 of the Best GK Chesterton Quotes

12 of the Best GK Chesterton Quotes

“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East

Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East

"Seeing the dignity to which the humble are raised, and the deep abyss into which the proud fall, let us imitate the virtue of the Publican, and despise the sins of the Pharisee."
You Do Not Stand Alone: 14 Photos from the Lister Community

You Do Not Stand Alone: 14 Photos from the Lister Community

They come from all walks of life. Whether its discussing the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist over a hearty Trappist ale or soaking in the ancient wisdom of our Common Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas whilst managing five small children, the lister seeks to live the good life, the Catholic life, and share that...