28 May 2022

Habits: A First Look

Lesson Twenty-One in Introduction to Thomistic Philosophy, with Fr Gregory Pine, OP, BA, STL, Assistant Director for Campus Outreach at the Thomistic Institute.

By habit, whether virtue or vice, man sows the seeds of his destiny, determining in choice what he is and what he is to become. In order to get better and better at choosing the good, we need to acquire healthy habits, which we call virtues. A virtue informs the will with the judgment of reason; it exceeds the reign of reason within the life of the individual, tempering, emboldening, and rectifying where necessary. Ultimately, it brings more and more of man’s spiritual and bodily life within the ambit of his freedom to pursue what is best.

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