“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever
things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever
things are of good report, if there is any virtue and
if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these
things. The things which you learned and received and
heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace
will be with you.” (Phil 4:8-9)

“We are made in God’s image and likeness. The image
is like God’s stamp on us as a human person. It cannot
be changed. The likeness, on the other hand, can
change and grow. It is the potential to grow evermore
godlike… acquiring virtues [is] a way to grow evermore
Godlike. The virtues are specific, [as are] the rungs on
St. John Climacus’ ladder. We can choose one, and
with prayer, proceed to discipline ourselves so as to
acquire it. When our lives are not focused on a major
struggle with evil, we need to struggle in the positive
direction by seeking to attain the virtues.

.. may we all be encouraged to focus in on at least
one virtue and struggle towards it with all of our heart.
And as we struggle, let us remind ourselves…that we
are struggling against sin not just by fleeing/fighting
from the passions, but also by actively struggling
towards virtues.”

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III