Morality Vs Catastity

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines a virtue as follows:

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.

Following the previous chapter on the seven deadly/capital sins, it seems appropriate that we follow with this chapter on the seven redeeming virtues. These virtues are the antithetical traits, which humans need to resist the seven deadly sins.

In the previous chapter we also noted that sinful pride was at the foundation of all the deadly sins. In a similar manner, humility is at the foundation
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There seems to be no end or limit to the degree to which we justify lust. Throughout history lust is too frequently justified by too many. Our society today is no exception and may be worse at the present time than the historical norm. It is a social sin because it has become a justification by those holding power. Moral wholesomeness and purity of action and thought have been relegated to those whom society views as radicals and out of touch with secular-based morality to such a degree that faith-based morality is not a consideration. When social sins become the norm and commonplace, they are frequently accompanied by a lack of pursuit of spiritual wisdom.

TEMPERANCE (GLUTTONY) - Temperance is another redeeming virtue that is not given much credence in our current national mores. The word temperance itself is given very little use. Meism is an obstacle to temperance. Gluttony and the lack of temperance has become evident by the obesity which is now commonplace in our nation. Abstinence and moderation give way to self-indulgence. Self-control has become a victim of
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The four cardinal virtues are prudence, justice fortitude and temperance. We will briefly describe each of the four cardinal virtues in the words taken from CCC 1806 through 1809.

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...

JUSTICE is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the "virtue of religion". Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each...

FORTITUDE is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life...

TEMPERANCE is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is

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