From the December, 2001 issue of Touchstone
The Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude by Thomas S. Buchanan

The Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude

And he said unto me, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
—Revelation 21:6–7

We live in a culture that embraces perpetual adolescence. Expressions of manliness in the traditional sense are seen as often as chest hair on a male model. Hence, it should be no surprise that the very idea of being virtuous is met with derision. After all, the word virtue comes from the Latin word vir, meaning “man.” Hence, virtuousness is meant to be equated with manliness in that a man who is fully mature in a moral sense is virtuous.

Significantly, . . .


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