Earlier this year, I had a brief stint as the DRE of the parish due to extenuating circumstances. My main work was with the confirmation candidates preparing them for reception of said sacrament. I saw in the few weeks I had an opportunity to teach them about the virtues, cardinal and theological. A noble and great task indeed, only I felt I needed to so some homework of my own to prepare so I picked up Josef Pieper’s The Four Cardinal Virtues, which had been sitting on the shelf unread for three years.
Pieper, as always, writes brilliantly about the subject referencing Aquinas often. He is able to see and communicate clearly the truth that, for me is obfuscated due to my post-modern upbringing. From this work, I can see how great a virtue ethic is. It is built on man’s natural abilities of reason and will to point man away from evil and toward excellence.This book is best taken with caffeine, pen, and paper because it definitely requires thoughtful participation by the reader.