Wisdom on Wednesdays—The magnificent virtue of Rome

“We hear often enough of the pagan vices (Rome always seems to have fallen) but it is time to recognize the important place which history gives to the pagan virtues.

“The era of Augustus with its grandeur and peace could never have occurred without magnificent virtue, and it is only on such magnificent natural virtue that the supernatural virtues of Christianity can be placed, if they are to survive (short of miracle).
For the supernatural religion cannot exist by itself; it cannot float in mid-air.  It must be superimposed upon a foundation of balanced and vigorous natural religion.”  (1943)

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Lady Chapel, Paulist Church (New York City), etching, 1915 (printed 1921), 8 x 6¼ in.

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom on Wednesdays—The magnificent virtue of Rome

  1. Excellent post. I love this thought and how it reveals his profound Catholicism. He articulates the Thomistic dictum about Grace building on nature through a magnificent example –

    Love this: .

    “For the supernatural religion cannot exist by itself; it cannot float in mid-air. It must be superimposed upon a foundation of balanced and vigorous natural religion.”

  2. Pingback: Seeing things from the “inside out”: The contribution of Rome | Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty

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