Virtue: Giving God Our Best

It’s not enough to just have good values, we need virtue to put those values into practice and really see a difference in our lives. Drawing from the Catechism and Scripture, Dr. Sri explains what virtue is, and why it’s important to have virtue in order to be truly free.


“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”- CC 1803


Defining Virtue 

Virtue is the habitual disposition to do the good. It shapes us into dependable, trustworthy and reliable individuals, friends, spouses, family members, and members of our larger communities. It frees us to consistently, promptly and joyfully do in the good in our everyday lives. In the end, the battle for virtue is the most important battle we face. We should aim to be like Mary, who found favor with God because she was trustworthy. Virtue allows us to give the best of ourselves to God, our families, to our work, to our friends, and to society as a whole. 

 “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”– CC 1803

“A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.”– CC 1803

“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”- CC 1803

Joseph’s ( Old Testament) Virtue 

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian, and his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.” –Genesis 39:3-4

Mary’s Virtue

“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”- Luke 1:30


Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

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