When the grace of God comes to a man, then he is made mighty and strong to do everything that belongs to virtue.

— Thomas à Kempis

If the vices are patterns of sin, then the virtues are patterns of righteousness. Virtue is what must be resurrected in the place of vice. Virtues, like vices, are settled character traits. They’re habits of goodness that we acquire over time with repeated action and practice. Virtue differs from vice in one important respect: virtue is cultivated, vice spreads via neglect. Virtues are like flowers planted in our garden, vices are like invading weeds. Virtue must be sought, vice must be fought.