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65. The Connection of Virtues With One Another

1. Moral virtues are connected with one another. St.Ambrose (In Luc. vi 20) says that the virtues are linkedtogether "so that whoever has one is seen to haveseveral." All the moral virtues have their mean or measure inconformity with right reason, and virtue shines through virtue inthe human conduct which is regulated by right reason. However, whenwe consider the moral virtues, not in themselves essentially or inreference to reason which is consistently right, but as practicedby imperfect man, we find them disconnected. Thus a man may havethe virtue of liberality and lack the virtue of temperance.

2. There can be no supernatural moral virtue withoutsupernatural charity which is the infused moral virtue of love andfriendship with God.

3. With the infusion of supernatural charity, allsupernatural moral virtues are given to man, for these are so manymeans of executing the mandates of charity. Charity directs man tohis last end; it is the principle of all good works directed tothat end. Hence charity must bring the supernatural moral virtuesalong with it, since one cannot have charity without these moralvirtues.

4. Nor can supernatural faith be perfectly possessedwithout charity.

5. Charity, which is supernatural love and friendship withGod, brings supernatural faith and supernatural hope along with itto the soul of man. Unless a responsible person supernaturallybelieve in God and hope to attain him, he cannot be in God'slove and friendship. No one can love a being which he does notbelieve, nor can a person have true friendship for a being whosepresence and favor he does not hope to share.

"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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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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