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Friday March 11th: Developing Christian Virtue

Virtue is a good habitual act and giving the best of oneself.

Matthew 5: 20 – 26.

Jesus told the disciples: “If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.” Clearly kingdom life demands a high standard. Part of the formation of every disciple is developing virtues. A virtue is two things: a good habitual act and giving the best of oneself. (CCC 1803). Therefore, the standard Jesus expects of disciples is to be consistently good and going beyond themselves for others.

Discipleship cannot be about physical actions or omissions alone. It is not merely about doing the right thing or avoiding the bad. It is also about developing those hidden parts of ourselves, our minds and hearts. After all, our Father in Heaven sees all that is done is secret.

Disposition towards others is just as important as doing good works or avoiding wrong. We may not be guilty of killing anyone, but we may be guilty of thinking ill of them, wishing them bad, plotting against them, destroying their reputation or accusing them falsely.