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The honesty of the memory can be ensured only by a rectitude of the whole human being which purifies the most hidden roots of volition.

Flattery and dissimulation are equally removed from the high-minded.

There is, in plain words, Joef world and man’s corrupt nature, which St. In Thomas himself there are several kinds of definition each with a different ring to it. When an occasional contemporary treatise on moral theology does attempt to deal resolutely with Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of the virtues, the author, significantly enough, must spend much labor on a polemic justifying this “regression.

Augustine’s often misunderstood analogia trinitatis becomes a good deal plainer; to him memory is the spiritual proto-reality from which fardinal and volition take their origin; and thus it seems to him an image of God the Father, from whom the Word and the Holy Spirit proceed.

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Lynch, and Daniel F. But it’s also rewarding and insightful. Once this is recognized by everyone, justice can be said to prevail in that state.

They took for granted not only the idea of virtue, which signifies human Tightness, but also the attempt to define it in that fourfold spectrum. Viftues “informs” the other virtues; it confers upon them the form of their inner essence.


In the decisions of prudence, which by the very nature of prudence are concerned with things concrete, contingent, and future singularia, contingen- tly futurathere cannot be that certainty which is possible in a theoretical conclusion. It is excellent but goes on wayyy too long. Bart rated it it was amazing Feb 22, A particular luster attaches to the following for- foue Only by an external act will the other receive what is his, his due.

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Aug 02, Ethan rated it liked it. Pieper not only shows that prudence disposes practical reason to discern the true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it, but that all good is prudent; and therefore that all virtue is necessary prudent p.

For that reason, too, supernatural divine love which molds the decisions of the Christian indubitably means caedinal far more than and far different from a mere addi- tional “higher motivation” in the psychological sense. For whatever is good must first have been prudent. The virtue of prudence, too, is a bonum arduum, a “steep good. The pre-eminence of prudence means that so-called “good intention” and so-called “meaning well” by no means suffice.

Yet the question persists: Nevertheless, casuistry presents its own kind of peril, owing to that persistent human desire to achieve security.

It now comes to light that in ethics the fundamental princi- ple of duty, of what one ought to do, of the debitum, has its origin in the field of justice. Through education, by deliberately choosing to do what is good, and through perseverance, a person acquires and strengthens virtue. The Rank of Justice 64 4.

In his treatise on the virtue of fortitude St. This would require a further treatise on charity and the supernatural life. Suddenly I find myself no longer associating with “my” friend, “my” wife, “my” father, but with a co-functionary in the state cause, that is, with a state functionary.


The Four Cardinal Virtues Prudence Justice Fortitude Temperance

At this point language seems only to complicate the matter and to have reached the limits of its power cardinak express meaning clearly. Only one who previously and simultaneously loves and ‘wants the good can be prudent; but only one who is previously prudent can do good. Whoever does not understand that it is injus- tice which is natural man’s worst destroyer, and the reason why, will be thrown into overwhelming confusion by the expe- riences announced in such visions.

Ethical growth takes place in the course of our re- plies, appropriate to each given case, to the reality outside us which is not made by ourselves. Man’s good actions take place in confrontation with reality.

The finite mind does not compre- hend itself so profoundly, and does not have such power over itself, that it follows only its own light. Virtuea, real concreteness re- mains accessible only to immediate, the most immediate, expe- rience. What matters is the reality of eternal life. I appreciated Pieper’s reflections on the four cardinal virtues.

Fortitude strengthens a person to conquer the fear of death or persecution, and even vurtues make the vurtues sacrifice of martyrdom. We do not speak without being jsoef we do not make use of a thing without using our own or another’s property. The profundity of this concept is expressed in the strange statement of Thomas Aquinas that in prudence, the commanding virtue of the “con- duct” of life, the happiness of active life is essentially com- prised. And so are “owe” and “ought.

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