• March

    Well-Ordered Life Series: Part 6

    By Mr. Ben Walter
    Part 6 - Courage
    Courage comes from the Latin root cor, meaning "heart." We feel fear in our heart. Adrenaline causes our pulse to beat fast. To have courage means having a steady heart. Courage has a synonym in English that is also used to describe the same virtue. The word is fortitude, and comes from the Latin fortis, meaning "brave." I like courage better, because it linguistically links the virtue to human physicality.
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  • Well-Ordered Life Series: Part 5

    By Mr. Ben Walter
    Part 5 - Faith
    It is difficult to discuss faith because the word instantly draws to mind so many connotations. Let's start with a brief definition. Faith is the, "Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). The Greek word translated to "substance" is hypostasis, which has a long tradition in Greek philosophy. It implies the fundamental reality that underlies something.
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  • Well Ordered Life Series: Part 4

    By Mr. Ben Walter
    Part 4 - Prudence
    The virtue of prudence consists in making the right decisions, in the right way, at the right time. In other words, it is wisdom directed towards action. Because it requires knowledge and thought, prudence is considered to be a virtue of the mind. A deficiency of prudence is the vice of foolishness, while ill-intentioned prudence is the vice of cunning.
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  • February

    Well Ordered Life Series: Part 3

    By Mr. Ben Walter
    Part 3 - Hope
    Hope is a virtue of the heart and the will. The Medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas states in Question 17 of his Summa that the object of hope is "a future good that is difficult, but possible, to attain." We will dive into what that statement means later, but first, I want to explain the misunderstandings of hope that had come before Aquinas.
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  • Well-Ordered Life Series: Part 2

    By Mr. Ben Walter
    Justice is the foremost of the other three cardinal virtues, prudence, courage, and temperance. Like love, justice is both the precondition and the result of the other virtues. As we feel love or its absence deeply, we feel a sense of justice or injustice strongly. Both love and justice are inseparable from our relationship to other people.
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  • Well Ordered Life Series: Part 1

    By: Mr. Ben Walter

    Love is a good place to begin thinking about the four cardinal and three theological virtues because it is the most powerful motivator in our lives. Love inspires us and brings happiness like nothing else. Perversions of love, misplaced love, and the absence of love are responsible for almost all our woes.
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  • The Well Ordered Life

    By: Mr. Ben Walter

    Does your life feel like a never-ending checklist? Tasks can sometimes fill up every waking moment. At school, this feels like a perpetual round of paper grading and attendance logging. Up to a point, being organized sets one up for success as a teacher, a CEO, or a parent. But if we chase organization for its own sake, have we lost the point?
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