Good morning ~
A few days ago my daughter was talking about the upcoming debate season, and how she didn’t want to debate against anyone from a school that has a repuation for really great debators. I told her that I think she has it backwards – that we need tough competition so we can really test our own mettle.
This conversation came to mind when I was reading in the Catechism about the human virtues. Section 1804 states:
“The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts;”
We get better at them as we practice, and in turn are rewarded with “… ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life.”
We practice what might be hard, but we get better and better until we become masters.
How boring would it be if everything were easy? Where is the adrenaline of the challenge, and the joy of triumph?
Have you ever thought about how you have grown as a person, and celebrated the development of your virtues? And I don’t mean in a cocky, proud way, but in a way to acknowledge how far you’ve come in your faith journey as to give yourself some encouragement that you can do hard things.
Big changes can come over very long periods of time – so long that you might not even notice it. While I know I have a long way to go, I’ve come a long way from where I’ve been.
I can do hard things (given enough time and tough life lessons), and by the grace of God I continue to work on sharpening my human virtues every day. It might feel like it’s as slow as a little stream polishing a stone, but there is change in my heart.
Love and prayers,