Temperance: The Virtue That Expresses Our True Humanity

Through temperance, we are free to live to the fullest because our humanity is not enslaved to its own flesh. This same temperance liberates us so that we can seek the highest and loftiest purposes for which God created us; that is, so that we can seek God himself.

The Early Church Prayed for the Dead

A non-Catholic funeral usually is not a prayer for the person who has died, just a memorial service. This is why non-Catholics are often struck by the beauty and foreignness of a Catholic funeral: unlike many non-Catholic Christians, we Catholics are there to pray for the dead.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Christ

Throughout Jesus’ life on earth, he was moved the Holy Spirit through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that he had. We who are baptized, and especially we who are confirmed, have the same gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have been given the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.

Christ and the Infused Moral Virtues

When we have difficult choices to make, we should always make good choices for love of God. Jesus is the perfect model of this for us. With the same gifts of infused moral virtues, the followers of Jesus can also do amazing, even heroic, things for love of God.