Theosis and the Virtues

“The goal of the virtuous life is to become like God,” St. Gregory of Nyssa. As a Christian this is your mission—theosis, become like God. Cultivating the virtues is essential for theosis. So, how are you growing in virtue? Do you have a routine, strategy, or even a general approach? Richaél Lucero explains what virtues are, where they come from, how we get them, and God’s presence in the process.

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Episodes referenced

armor of god series

How to fight like a child of God in your daily spiritual warfare using all seven pieces of what St. Paul calls the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6.

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How the virtues and theosis are linked.

Man’s aim is to make himself like God… through love, knowledge, and the practice of virtue.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, De Beatidudinus

Definition of a virtue.

A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1803

The goal of the virtues.

The goal of the virtuous life is to become like God.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, De Beatidudinus

One of the beauties of the theological virtues.

The theological virtues bring the mysterious and intangible into human experience.

Paraphrase Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., The Virtue Driven Life

book referenced

The Virtue Driven Life by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. available on Amazon

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