Fortitude

Words from St. Bruno, founder of the Carthusians …

“What shall I say of fortitude, without which neither wisdom nor justice is of any worth? Fortitude is not of the body, but is a constancy of soul; wherewith we are conquerors in righteousness, patiently bear all adversities, and in prosperity are not puffed up. This fortitude he lacks who is overcome by pride, anger, greed, drunkenness, and the like. Neither have they fortitude who when in adversity make shift to escape at their souls expense; wherefore the Lord saith, ‘Fear not those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.’ In like manner those who are puffed up in prosperity and abandon themselves to excessive joviality cannot be called strong. For how can they be called strong who cannot hide and repress the heart’s emotion? Fortitude is never conquered, or if conquered, is not fortitude.”

I felt to post this rather short piece because it is so to the point and a point that, given this days “all is relative” attitude, needs badly to be made. That and I always loved stories about St. Bruno. 🙂

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Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm  Comments Off on Fortitude