Human virtues and supernatural virtues. Practising them in everyday life.
Holiness consists in the exercise of the virtues, one day after another, in the environment and in the circumstances in which we live. The human virtues provide the foundation for the supernatural ones. These in turn provide us with constant encouragement to behave in a more truly human way. In either case, it is not sufficient merely to ‘want’ to have these virtues. We have to learn how ‘to practise’ them. ‘Discite benefacere’ (Is 1:17), learn to do good. We need to make a habit of exercising each virtue, by actually being sincere, truthful, balanced, calm and patient ... for love is proved by deeds, and we cannot love God in words alone, but ‘with deeds and in truth’ (1 John 3). 
The work of sanctification belongs entirely to God in his infinite goodness. Nevertheless, He has willed that correspondence on the part of human beings is necessary, and has consequently placed in our nature the capacity for disposing ourselves towards receiving the supernatural action of grace. Through cultivating human virtues – resilience, loyalty, truthfulness, affection, courtesy – we prepare our soul in the best possible way for the action of the Holy Spirit. Thus it is easy to understand that it is not possible to believe in the sanctity of those who fail to live even the most elementary human virtues. 
Christian virtues are what we must put into practice in our everyday lives, and in all circumstances, whether these be easy, troublesome, or very difficult. Today, as yesterday, heroism is expected of the Christian – a heroism in great struggles, if the need arises. Normally, however, it will be heroism in the little skirmishes of each day.  Just as a plant derives nourishment from the earth in which it is rooted, so too in the supernatural life the virtues of a Christian spread their roots out in whatever part of the world he is immersed in: work, family joys and sorrows, good and bad news ... Everything must help him to love God and do apostolate. Some occurrences are more likely to encourage acts of thanksgiving, whilst others will call for acts of divine filiation. Particular circumstances will bring about a growth in fortitude, others an increasing trust in God. If we bear in mind that the virtues form a single tapestry, a seamless robe, we can see that growth in one means a step forward in all the others. Besides, it is charity that gives unity to all the virtues that make a man perfect. 
We cannot wait for the arrival of ideal circumstances in order to seek sanctity and do apostolate ... When a Christian carries out with love the most insignificant everyday action, that action overflows with the transcendence of God ... Stop dreaming! Leave behind false idealisms, fantasies, and what I usually call ‘mystical wishful thinking’ (If only I hadn’t married. If only I didn’t have this profession. If only I had better health. If only I were young. If only I were old ...) Instead, turn seriously to the most material and immediate reality, which is where Our Lord is. 
Waiting for what we consider to be just the right situations and circumstances to arise in order to seek holiness would be the same as allowing our lives to pass us by in a meaningless and empty way. We can make use of our prayer today to ask ourselves in God’s presence: Do I really want to identify myself more and more with Christ? Do I really make use of the actual happenings of each day to practise the human virtues, and, with God’s grace, the supernatural virtues? Do I really try to love God more, doing the same things better each time and with greater rectitude of intention?