“Good use of our freedom to choose is said to be virtue….For the activity of virtue is nothing else than good use of one’s freedom to choose.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 69. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.
This is what it’s all about. God has given us free will. We can choose what we do each day. We can choose whether or not to resist temptation. We can choose.
When we choose what is in the wrong , we have committed a vice. When we choose what we know to be good and right, we perform virtue. It is as simple as that.
It is also as hard as that. What is in the wrong? What is in the right? Well, in relation to God, all things are lesser. But there are good things, being good insomuch as they resemble the goodness of God, and there are bad things, being bad insomuch as they fall contrary to the goodness of God.
And what is the greatest good? God Himself. What is the greatest evil? Being deprived of God. So what are those things which are a ‘good use of our freedom’, or virtue? Those things which are good which act as steps or arrows, pointing us onward to the greatest Good, what they resemble.
Let us pray to be made more ready and willing to make good use of our freedom to choose, and through this Lenten purification, to be further detached from those things which are bad and will lead us to the loss of our greatest Good!