Sunday, July 31, 2011

There is an order among virtues ...

One of them deals with our emotions towards God, and is thus part of divine Charity, it is called


One of them deals with our emotions as concerning oneself, it is called

G-O-O-D S-P-I-R-I-T-S or G-O-O-D C-H-E-E-R

and is part of human charity (or possibly of hope, like when involving hopefulness), as also the emotions concerning neighbour, like

T-R-U-S-T (when not obviously undeserved)
A-F-F-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y (dito)
K-I-N-D-H-E-A-R-T-E-D-N-E-S-S (possible dito here too)

None of them is identical with Charity or with its bases Faith and Hope. But without them it is easy to loose at least charity and hope, if not faith. And when faith was not given with baptism on eighth day after birth, it is not easy to get it without them. We get to faith by rationailty, not passion, but there are "states of the passions" which are part of human rationality* - and such are usually referred to as emotions in modern lingo, along with the passions properly speaking.

If any Catholic is willing to doubt this, I refer to a book, written possibly for an emotional woman, but certainly by a saintly bishop who had suffered emotionally before getting to holiness, meaning St Francis of Sales. The book is double titled:

or, Introduction to the Devout Life

Hans-Georg Lundahl
Georges Pompidou
31 July 2011

*A rationality without trust, like a rationality of deep mistrust, could not get beyond solipsism or Hindoo-Matrix Maya thinking. Lack of trust is not illogic as syllogisms go, but misses true and even certain premisses (as certain as human certainty goes) out of unnecessary mistrust. *bows thankfully to Chesterton and Fr Bryan Houghton at this point - oh, do not trust the part about bowing, I am sitting in a library* I suppose same goes for Charity without affability and trust.

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