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Bravery and Courage: A Veteran Remembered

November 11, 2015
Dad and Mom 1942

My parents: Ed and Virginia Duffy. This picture was taken in 1942, during a leave, when my dad was courting my mom. Just look at how he looked at her – with so much love!

Bravery is an attribute that best describes my dad, Ed Duffy; a World War II veteran awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery while serving in Germany. He was a radio operator. As the story goes (from his transcript for why he was awarded the medal), he crawled out into the line of fire to quickly repair a wire connection so that his radio would work. Continue reading

Embracing Fortitude – Part I of III

Change

How might we embrace Fortitude in our lives? One way that we can embrace Fortitude is by accepting the uncertainty of change. Life is change. When grounded in faith, we understand that some things are unchangeable, like Truth. With an understanding of Truth, being Jesus Christ, we are able to accept change and all the uncertainty it brings with it, because we know that through faith, Jesus has our best interests in mind. Jesus will see us through the trials and tribulations of our lives. He will not give us more than we can handle. He understands our fears, and Continue reading

Why is Fortitude So Important?

In what areas of your life do you wish you possessed more fortitude to tackle problems? Perhaps it is in dealing with a serious illness, or perhaps there are “demons” in your life that you need to face. We all need fortitude, especially in times of crisis.

The Grace of Fortitude

Whatever your need, the grace of Fortitude gives you the strength and courage to face challenges and emergencies head-on. It doesn’t mean that you are fearless. What it does mean is that you act in spite of fear, because action is necessary.

Think of all of the 9/11 emergency Continue reading

Fortitude in Action in Everyday Life: What Does It Look Like?

Fortitude in ActionHow many times do you witness amazing feats of bravery and courage and ask yourself, could I do that if placed in the same position? What you witnessed was the virtue of fortitude in action. Bravery, courage, strength and might are all lesser virtues, associated with the virtue of fortitude. What makes this virtue so special is that it “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.” 1 Fortitude in action allows us to face fear and conquer it; to Continue reading