I am continuously humbled by my ability as an adult to complicate things. I was reminded of this as I was struggling through my shoulds, to do’s, responsibilities, etc …. all while trying to homeschool my children in their religious studies. In the middle of my multitasking nightmare I honed in on my children’s voices as they recited the four cardinal virtues;
- Prudence- Our ability to judge between what is right and wrong. This virtue also encourages the individual to seek counsel when the ability to judge between right and wrong is not easily deciphered.
- Justice- According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary, justice is “the constant and permanent determination to give everyone his or her rightful due.”
- Fortitude- This virtue is about having the courage to carry out what is right and what is fair. This virtue is the vehicle of virtue one and two.
- Temperance- This virtue is all about balance! This virtue supports the balance of our desires so that we may make prudent and just decisions with fortitude.
What I found so exciting about this information is that it applies to all humans regardless of their beliefs. When I heard my boys reciting these virtues I felt in my heart this is something I can consistently apply to my life and gain peace. I truly feel these four virtues when applied to all aspects of life contribute to living a meaningful life that matters. I invite you to ponder these four virtues and to examine your life. Where might these virtues help you to live your best life ever? Wishing you nothing but the very best!!