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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.

"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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