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Children Learn From Your Example


Children Copy Us

Children mirror what they learn from adults and older siblings in their lives. So, just what is it that you are teaching the children in your life? Are you teaching them, by your example, how to grow in virtue? Or, are you teaching them the very things that you don’t want them to become? In essence, do you practice what you preach?  Or, is it more of a “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality around your house?

On my blog, I write about the virtues for adults, to benefit not only the adults, but the lives of children. My blog teaches you as an adult, how to embrace and practice virtue; so Continue reading

Road of Virtues: Twists and Turns

winding road 1

The road of virtues is not necessarily a straight path. Sometimes we take two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes we take the long road, finding out that the short-cuts weren’t worth it. Together, you and I have traveled the road of virtues for the past 20 months. In that time we have reviewed and studied every virtue in the Virtues Guide – Second Edition. In series of posts, I have defined the virtues, explained why it is important to embrace the virtues and provided suggestions for how to practice the virtues.

Now it’s time to take a turn with the website. Going forward, I will be creating posts on the virtues via the means of Continue reading

Acquired Virtues

Spirits Grace

Ever hear of Peace, Wisdom, or Patience spoken of as virtues? These and many others like them are classified as acquired virtues, because they are learned and acquired over one’s lifetime. Each acquired virtue falls under the umbrella of one or more of the theological and cardinal virtues. Therefore, each acquired virtue has a primary association with one of the seven virtues, and may have associations with one or more of the seven virtues.

Below is a list of the more popular acquired virtues, annexed to each one’s appropriate primary theological or cardinal virtue. This list is a highlight list. Remember that any good intention resulting in a good action is virtuous. Therefore, not every acquired virtue is noted on 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 themselves. Now it’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see these virtues in a different light. Continue reading

Does Goodness Depend on God?

Father Barron

I saw this syndicated article in my local Catholic newspaper. It is an excellent article from Father Robert Barron on goodness’ dependence on God. – A must read!

Does Goodness Depend on God?

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God will conduce automatically to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

What I would like to do is lay out, in very brief compass, Continue reading

What to Expect

Open Hands

Hello everyone, and welcome to the launch of http://virginialieto.com! Beginning Monday, February 24th, I will blog about the virtues three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Interspersed throughout the week, you will find me posting interesting news items as they happen. In addition, when I come across inspiring quotes, I will pass them along to you.

Please be sure to check out the Free Gift awaiting you! I call it the Virtues Guide. It is a very helpful tool offering suggestions on how you might practice a particular virtue. Virtues are good habits, esteemed qualities, and your path to happiness. This guide will help you move from unwanted behavior to desired behavior. Please consider it as a thank Continue reading

Virtue: Understanding Good vs. Evil


virtueVirtue is often misunderstood. To understand the virtues and why they are important, we must first recognize the difference between good and evil; between morally right and wrong actions.

God created everything good. He created each of us to be good and to strive towards good, with Himself as the Supreme Good. At our birth, God graced each of us with the ability to participate in His Eternal Law by implanting in our human nature the innate knowledge of what is morally right versus wrong. We call this innate knowledge Natural Law; that portion of God’s Eternal Law given to humankind to guide us through life. From this innate knowledge we are aware that good should be embraced and Continue reading