[quote=bhlincoln]My point here is not that the virtues I speak of are mandatory, but they are GOOD and encouraged as we see in Scripture.
Here are some examples from Scripture that I am referring to, taht you asked for. Note these were always practiced by the early Christian Church (see the lives of the Saints and writings of the early Church fathers) and these continue to be practiced in the Catholic Church today. Again, not mandatory but highly encouraged as Scripture tells us:
Poverty and almsgiving:
If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven." Matthew 19:21
"And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting." Matthew 19:29
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich he became poor, for your sakes; that through his poverty you might be rich" 2 Cor 8:9
"Yet one thing is wanting to thee: sell all whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me" Luke 18:22
And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 6:20
But woe to you that are rich: for you have your consolation. Luke 6:24
“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth” Matthew 6:19
Denial and Martyrdom:
“And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24
“But I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they so continue, even as I” 1 Cor 7:8
“But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife: and he is divided” 1 Cor 7:32-33
“And after those days every man returned to his house, and Judith was made great in Bethulia, and she was most renowned in all the land of Israel. And chastity was joined to her virtue, so that she knew no man all the days of her life, after the death of Manasses her husband. And on festival days she came forth with great glory” Judith 16:25-27
“For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.” Matt 19:12
Other virtues, such as chastity, modesty, and continency (self denial and virginity):
“But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity” Gal 5:22-23
“For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre: But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent” 1 Titus 7-8
Thanks for the examples. These examples are practiced by many protestants today. Almsgiving (protestants give enormous amounts of money to their churches - think “Mormon”), virginity, chastity, denial of riches are all practiced by many - Catholic or otherwise. That’s my point.
You will find some of the most considerate and passionate Christians in protestant churches. And you will find them in Catholic Churches. And you will find them in Buddhist temples and Hindu temples and Mosques.
These characteristics are universal in scope, not just belonging to one group.