Articles tagged: virtue

Serpents & Doves: 30 Maxims on Worldly Wisdom by Fr. Baltasar Gracián SJ

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 28th, 2016

Portrait of Baltasar Gracian preserved in Graus, restored. Wiki. Listers, our Lord said, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."1 Despite the millennia, the Church appears to still lack a guide to the practicality of being both wise... Read More →

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 24th, 2016

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the... Read More →

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 17th, 2016

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, "the Philosopher," observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual... Read More →

The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

History Theology

SPL Staff • January 3rd, 2016

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, "a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord's Passion, on Mount Valerien."1 She died... Read More →

Ante-Purgatory: "The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio"

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 16th, 2015

Ante-Purgatory   1. The Excommunicated In Canto III, Dante and Virgil encounter those souls who were excommunicated. The reason, however, these souls are in purgatory and not hell is because they repented at the very end of their life. In Dante's Purgatorio, the repentant excommunicants are... Read More →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. Listers, "The "Divina Commedia" is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: "to remove those living in this life from the state... Read More →

Pope Francis v. Donald Trump, and More! 13 U.S. Political Cartoons

History

SPL Staff • September 28th, 2015

Listers, His Holiness Pope Francis' arrival to the United States was paved by a considerable amount of political posturing. The Roman Pontiff's focus on the poor, the immigrant, and the environment was too liberal for many, while his focus on marriage, the unborn, and religious liberty was too... Read More →

When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

History Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 14th, 2015

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the "Man for All Seasons" - but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, "He was a martyr... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 2nd, 2014

Listers, the Queen of Sin conquers the hearts of men and surrenders them to her generals. It is a war of vice and virtue. No individual, however, becomes virtuous or vicious because of a single act. Both virtue and vice are habits. The Philosopher, Aristotle, defines a habit as "a disposition... Read More →

3 Steps to Understand How Humanity Participates in Natural Law

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 8th, 2014

The Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New Law – Intrinsic focus,... Read More →

10 Thoughts on Euthanasia within the Ancients & Moderns Dialogue

Philosophy

SPL Staff • September 9th, 2013

Listers, the concept of a "right to become dead" by the assistance of another is non-sensical. Neither in the ancient world's focus on natural law nor in modernity's obsession with individual rights is a right to become dead a tenable position. The following is the Part III of our discussion on... Read More →

4 Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus

Life & Leisure

SPL Staff • August 12th, 2013

Listers, with an increasingly hostile and secular society, Catholics find themselves each day becoming more countercultural. Young people with a sincere heart who wish to follow Christ and keep the commands of Holy Mother Church, will find that living a true Catholic lifestyle can be difficult... Read More →

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 27th, 2013

Listers, this is Part II of an ongoing in depth discussion on euthanasia - "the right to become dead." The list relies on the wisdom of Leon Kass and his discussion of how the right to become dead isn't even compatible with the modernity's own philosophy. It should be noted that the article... Read More →

15 Catholic Quotes in Response to the SCOTUS Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

History

SPL Staff • June 27th, 2013

Recommended Reading Full PDF Text: U.S. v. Windsor (DOMA Case) Full PDF Text: Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins Homosexuality: 4 Teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and... Read More →

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 3rd, 2013

Listers, is there a right to assisted suicide - what type of right do people claim it is? To address this question, we turn to the mind of Leon Kass. Though not a Catholic, Kass' understanding of natural law and ills of modernity is better than most. His treatment of assisted suicide is... Read More →
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