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63. The Cause of Virtues

1. Virtues, even those called natural because they can beacquired by man's natural powers and efforts, are not in man byhis nature. For whatever belongs to the nature of man is found inall men, and is not lost by man's defection or sin.

2. Virtues of the natural order are acquired by repeatedgood acts. But virtues of the supernatural order are, bytheir name and definition, beyond the reach of nature, andtherefore cannot be acquired by repeated natural acts, however goodthese may be.

3. God infuses the supernatural virtues of faith, hope,and charity; He also infuses such other virtues as correspond tothese three and renders them effective.

4. Acquired virtues are essentially distinct from infusedvirtues. Of the infused virtues, St. Augustine says that "Godworks them in us without us." But we have to work to possessthe acquired virtues.

"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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