"In order to be heroic a Christian virtue must enable its owner to perform virtuous actions with uncommon promptitude, ease, and pleasure, from supernatural motives and without human reasoning, with self-abnegation and full control over his natural inclinations."For example, supernatural motives are required to surrender oneself to suffering or death for the sake of God and neighbor. Just as the Medal of Honor is awarded for actions that go "above and beyond the call of duty," heroic virtues are above and beyond normal piety.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
On heroic virtue, Pope Benedict XVI writes,