with Thomas Ryan
Until modern times, virtue as the essential foundation for civil society was never questioned.
Until modern times, the indivisible link between virtue and the moral life was taken for granted.
Virtue was universally recognized as the means by which man endeavored to imitate Christ.
But starting as a seed during the Enlightenment and becoming a massive, ever-spreading, and rapidly growing weed today is the concept of man's autonomy. Man is the ultimate moral judge of right and wrong. Look what that has done to our 'civil' society!
We are encouraged to abandon our sense of shame, which is an essential and integral part of Temperance. Is it any wonder that modern society holds the libertine perspective that 'anything goes'?
We have become soft and largely unable or unwilling to endure hardship and sacrifice as Fortitude has waned.
And our understanding of Charity has become distorted and corrupted by an emphasis on the secular world such that what passes for charity today often spiritually harms those we seek to help.
Join us for an 8-week course to increase our understanding of the virtues and how they can transform our lives to gain the Peace of Christ; how to develop the virtues within us; and how living the virtues can shape us into a beacon for others as we work to transform our society!
We will cover:
- What is virtue?
- What are the cardinal virtues? What are the theological virtues? What are sub-virtues?
- The gifts accompanying each virtue
- The sins opposed to each virtue
- Why developing the virtues within us is absolutely essential for Spiritual Combat
- How developing the virtues within us is transformative and completely re-orients the way we interact with the modern world
- Best practices for developing each virtue
This class is offered in-person at the John Henry Newman Center on the UCCS campus following noon Mass on Tuesdays, starting Sep 28. This class ALSO is offered via Zoom on Thursday evenings. After registration, you can attend either/both sessions. This will be particularly helpful if we encounter early snowstorms that might shut down a Tuesday in-person session.
Sep 28 - Nov 16th, 2021
Tue for 8 weeks from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
St John Henry Newman Center
4785 Stanton Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Get directions