Allow me, from the mentorship department, to encourage you to hold onto FORTITUDE especially at this quite difficult time to any student on the globe. The following are some of the areas where, especially AIU, students are really getting pressed hard against the wall of life:
Therefore, these among other challenges are instilling fear in us to a greater extent. We need to be encouraged to embrace fortitude amid all these challenges and taking them in positively. They are now part of our New Normal.
It is the virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in pursuit of the good. The third cardinal virtue, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, is fortitude. While this virtue is commonly called courage, it is different from what we think of as courage today. Fortitude allows us to overcome fear and to remain steady in our will in the face of obstacles. However, it is always reasoned and reasonable, meaning, the person exercising fortitude does not seek danger for danger’s sake. Prudence and justice are the virtues through which we decide what needs to be done; fortitude gives us the strength to do it.
Fortitude is the only one of the cardinal virtues that is also a gift of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to rise above our natural fears in defence of what is right. Fortitude strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles. It is often called manliness or courage. The virtue of fortitude enables one to:
Fortitude strengthens the will to face up to difficult situations and overcome obstacles in accordance with right reason.
There are many manifestations of fortitude in ordinary life. E.g.
An important aspect of this virtue is the interior strength that helps to fight more frequent obstacles like shyness, cowardice, impatience, vanity laziness, etc. We can always build it. It is possible especially this Covid-19 season. Furthermore:
Student, we wish you all the best in your lessons and we wish you well in your forthcoming examinations. Do not fear. Have courage. This is part of life and to serve God in all that we do, we MUST do THIS.