FINAL Prudence Reflection
“Love one another…”
Our roles are based on a deep connection to the community relationships that we live out everyday and the virtues we need to sustain them. We look to the classical definition of virtue as a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. From the teaching of the early philosophers such as Aristotle and Socrates, we draw the principles that happiness is discovered when engaging in activity which perfects our nature and consequently, leads to human flourishing. As St. Thomas Aquinas first adopted, we add to this definition a component of grace in that Christian virtue is intrinsically rooted in God’s love and redemption.
Within the OneParish app, you discover how to give to God and to each person their given due with justice; how to exercise sound judgment through prudence; how to endure difficulties and pain for the sake of the good with fortitude; or how to manage all desires and dreams with temperance.
It is important to remember that these reflections and challenges are meant to be thoughtful recommendations. Prayerfully discern how to incorporate these virtue recommendations into you life and seek professional assistance if the process of self-examination reveals you may be in a harmful spiritual, emotional, or physical situation. Christ Himself said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” May a greater understanding of the virtues enable you to live out the greatest commandment of all as we journey together.
Stay tuned for a new friendship role.