Thought of the Day July 20, 2020 Fortitude

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"Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. "The Lord is my strength and my song." (psalm 118:14)"In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1808)

It takes courage to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in today's world, just as it took courage for Christians of every century. Though the circumstances may be different, the central issue is the same: God's way or the way of the world. 

It takes courage for a person to say "No" to the temptations and pressures of the world that centers on self-gratification. It takes a courageous woman to choose to carry her child rather than have an abortion. It takes a courageous disciple of Jesus Christ to choose to live a moral life in today's secular society. We want to reflect on this virtue in the next few days. Courage does not come easy but at a cost.

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