cardinal virtues

Virtues are a way to reflect on the light of Christ at Advent

Advent is a time to direct our hearts and minds to the birth of Christ. In this season, we give thanks for our blessings and grow in our relationship with God. As we reflect on the new life in Christ, we look at Advent as a time of new beginnings and renewed hope.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Fortitude: Surrendering a lesser good to preserve the greater good

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Matthew O’Toole, pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, participated in a ground-breaking ceremony for the parish school’s new stand-alone middle school building.

Let's get this straight right from the start: Fortitude doesn't mean you're never afraid. Fortitude is a question of what you do when you're afraid.

And fortitude isn't the same as recklessness. The reckless man steps in front of a bus to save a penny. He lacks prudence because he gives up a greater good (life) for a lesser good (a penny). Recklessness is bravery without an accompanying measure of prudence.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Prudence: Taking the good and making it the standard of action

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

This is the first in a series of columns about virtues, first the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance; followed by the theological virtues: faith, hope and charity. 

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