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Nov 10, 2020

Virtue: Giving God Our Best

Dr. Edward Sri

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.

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“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


Meet Your Host: Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Sri is a theologian and the author of several best-selling books. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), Dr. Sri currently serves as its vice president of formation. He appears regularly on EWTN and resides in Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.

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