Merry Christmas one and all.
Merry Christmas to you too!
My New Year’s resolution is to grow in the cardinal virtue of fortitude. I understand that St Thomas teaches that it’s possible to grow in this virtue through natural activities as well as through prayer. I’ve recently started fencing (with weapons, not posts and wire!) which I enjoy and which seems to be the right type of activity.
I believe St Thomas meant by natural activities, is fasting, self-denial, etc.
Fencing(I always wished I had taken up that sport), is a good form of physical discipline, but I’m not so sure how it will help you to grow in the virtue of fortitude, in the spiritual sense.
The virtue of fortitude ensures that we will stay on the path of moral righteousness, even in the face of difficulties and trials, even to the point of sacrificing our lives.
I use to do martial arts, but the discipline never help to strengthened me in the virtue of fortitude, from what I recall.
However, this is a good subject, and has me thinking about working on the virtue myself.