The Life of Virtue – Fasting


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By fasting, St Thomas means to go without food for a period of time. According to this definition, we are

It used to be very much part of Catholic culture and consciousness to abstain from meat on Fridays. Indeed, this

I met an old lady once who had given her life to the 'care of the well body'. This was

Thank you all you who have been following our series on The Life of Virtue. Many interesting comments have come

Shamefacedness, the state of being ashamed, is not a virtue according to St. Thomas but neither is it a vice,

Temperance is one of the four cardinal (or, as we might say nowadays, 'key') virtues, along with prudence, justice and

When a chick pecks its way out of an egg, it is performing an action that is much more than

‘Wait your turn – patience is a virtue you know!’ How many times have we all heard patience being

Magnificence is a virtue that expresses courage in situations where big projects require substantial expenditures. A glimpse at pettiness, the

In order to be virtuous, it is necessary to have emotional responses that are appropriate for the situations in which

We recently celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration (6 August), and in the Preface for that feast, the Church recalls

In normal, everyday situations, the process of deciding how to act involves our emotions, the use of reason and the

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