Sometimes I find that my worst habit in life is avoiding making good habits. We can develop poor habits in lots of things, such as sleep, diet, or poor use of time. What’s the remedy? Well, simply getting into the habit of developing good habits, which in Catholic lingo, simply means making virtue habitual. Here it is fairly simply:
CCC 1803“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil 4:8
A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God. ~ St. Gregory of Nyssa
What if we, as Catholic Men, had the opportunity to ensure that all our actions were good actions, to ensure all we did was give our best, and to know that in every choice, we chose the good? Would you take that opportunity? Because it really isn’t too far from our reach. It starts with two things: #1 Responding to God’s grace. #2 Start a good habit.
Just remember (as I re-word St. Gregory of Nyssa),
“The goal of living Manly Virtue is to become like Christ.” ~ Catholic Gentleman’s Guide
~ The Catholic Gentleman's Guide