Question

Can anyone achieve heroic virtue?

Answer

From the scripture, Jesus reminds us that “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). Of course, we must work with God’s grace. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus provides us with a blueprint for holiness, without which heroic virtue cannot be gained.

Indeed, if heroic virtue is to be gained, we must strive to “seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33), realizing, as St. Paul proclaims, that we “can do all things in him who strengthens me” (2 Cor. 12:8-10). In the process, Jesus reminds us, we must exercise radically childlike faith, because the road to eternal life is narrow and hard (Matt. 7:13-14). So we must be committed, like a great athlete, to undergo redemptive suffering so that our virtue may be refined, realizing that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:8-10).

And, as we grow in virtue, we will increasingly attain the incomparable peace of Christ that the world cannot give (John 14:27).

 

 

 

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