virtue

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Pure unspoilt religion in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.  The pure version of our faith, according to St James, is all about two aspects of our relation to other people: first, we are to help them in their need, and, second, we are not to be corrupted by them.  The demand that we help people is challenging, it calls out of us love, charity, compassion, when perhaps we are...
Gratitude is the ultimate virtue, under-girding everything, even love. It goes with holiness, defines maturity. We are mature to the degree that we are grateful. But what brings us there? What makes for a deeper maturity? Ronald Rolheiser OMI suggests ten major demands in human and Christian maturity.Be willing to carry more and more of life's complexities with empathy.  Few things in life, including our own hearts and motives are simply good or simply bad. Maturity invites us to...