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Anger Will Destroy You, If You Let It

anger This begins a seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today, in part 1 of 7, we start with Anger.

Do you ever get so angry that your face turns red, your blood pressure rises, and you lose control? When this happens, do you ever stop to think about what really causes you to experience such rage?

Anger arises when an evil persists in the face of our resistance or when a good remains beyond our grasp, despite our efforts. 1

Anger is a natural emotion. Even Jesus lost his temper with the money-changers at the Temple. Continue reading

Summing Up the Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Seven Virtues

For the past 21 weeks we have taken an in-depth look at the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as an in-depth look at the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. In looking at each virtue individually we have learned what the virtue is, why we should embrace each one of them, and how we might practice them to live happier lives. We now have the basic understanding for living a virtuous life, with one more very important aspect left to discuss.

It is one thing to look at each of these seven virtues by Continue reading

Final Thoughts on Fortitude

Pope Francis 2

I think the Holy Father, Pope Francis, sums it up best with his catechesis on Fortitude, where it is not only one of the cardinal virtues, but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit:

With the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fortitude, we can remain faithful. Through counsel and knowledge and understanding, we have the courage to do God’s will even in the face of fear. We are all made to be courageous. Fortitude is there for the asking – just ask for it!

As we close out our discussion on Fortitude, is there anything left unsaid? Enter the Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part III of III

Stop Worrying

Ok, God has graced you with the virtue of fortitude. How do you use it to manage your fears? Worrying about things doesn’t add any value to your life – in fact – it is a waste of your time. Therefore, to practice the virtue of fortitude, stop worrying. Give your worries to God, and let Him take care of them. Stay the course and give the task at hand all that you have to give. Do not give up!

Face your fear and refuse to allow it to conquer you. God is telling you that you are stronger than Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part II of III

Waiting

After you have identified the need for increased fortitude and prayed for it, what comes next? We stay the course and do not give up. We practice the virtue of patience, while we wait for God to place all the pieces in order. Take a look at this 24 second video to learn why waiting is worth the wait.

God will grant you fortitude. You may need to wait a period of time though, so that everything is aligned in accordance with His plan. Yet, with the many trials and tribulations of life He knows that we need His grace Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude: Pursuing the Right Path

Life can be really tough at times. When faced with life’s challenges, we need the virtue of Fortitude. For, it is with Fortitude that we may plow ahead, moving from trial to triumph. So, how do we apply this virtue and move from trial to triumph? Through prayer! Ask God for increased Fortitude; with that naturally comes perseverance and courage to help us endure. They are a package! And I have the perfect prayer! Watch this very short video containing a prayer that you can use to ask God for this virtue.

Prayer of Fortitude Continue reading

Embracing Fortitude Part III of III

Esther

How has fear impacted your life? Does it rule you, or do you rule it? Have you ever had to face a terminal illness? Have you ever been too afraid to stand up for what you believe in? Have you ever wondered how you would carry on without your spouse in the event of death? Regardless of the circumstances, fear is the opposite of fortitude. When we allow fear to stand in the way, we limit our own capabilities to make a positive difference in our family, community and society. Below is a powerful video of four women: Desirae facing Continue reading

Embracing Fortitude Part II of III

Thomas Davis

Have you ever just wanted to give up, because the task at hand seems too hard? Life is hard and overwhelming at times, but the person graced with fortitude will not give up, and will plow ahead to complete the task at hand. How many times have you, or a friend, or a family member come back from a sports injury?  My word, look at Thomas Davis from the Carolina Panthers. He has come back from, not one, not two, but three ACL injuries to his knee. Sometimes football players never play again after one ACL injury. In the Continue reading