Sunday, February 21, 2010

Christian virtue

"Christian virtue is a question not so much of doing as of being.  When you hear it said of someone "He's a different man since he fell in love" you have a clue what must happen to the Christian.  As you are, so you will act:  love affects one's being, and therefore, in consequence, one's behavior--even though you do the same things you will do them differently--and it is when you can say "I live, now not I"  that you can go on to say "I can do all things";  and you can say the latter because you add, with the docility of a child, "in Him who strengtheneth me."

--Rev. Gerald Vann in The Divine Pity: A Study in the Social Implications of the Beatitudes