Fortitude: Not Just for Battlefields, by Joannie Watson

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By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic Life, Oct. 28, 2022

Joan Watson was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, but college and graduate school took her to Virginia, Ohio, and Rome.

Joannie WatsonOver the last few weeks, we have been looking at the four cardinal virtues. We have also been looking at how those virtue are practiced in the workplace. The virtues are good habits. Therefore, we do not practice the virtues in only one sphere of our lives. We must be acting prudently and justly both in and out of the home. We will have occasions to act with fortitude and temperance at work, socially, and in the public square.

St. Josemaria Escriva frequently reminded the laity that the workplace (regardless of whether that’s an office, a classroom, behind a steering wheel, or on top of scaffolding) is one of the primary places we live out the Christian life. …

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