Seven Deadly Virtues

There are seven of them each, seven virtues, seven vices.  In case anyone needs a reminder, they are Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, and Humility.  And Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.  I know which ones I deal with on a weekly basis -- Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Envy, and Pride.  Wrath I'm not bothered by, unless someone lays a hurtful finger on one of my children.  Then that person will have to deal with the Wrath of Gaelic.  Other than that, it's just the other six I'm guilty of.

I have no virtues.  Only vices.  All seven of the virtues are quite arduous for me.  I should be more diligent about them.  But then I wouldn't be able to boast of having absolutely no virtues at all.  See, pride is my biggest vice!

A man after my own heart, or finger, has come to my rescue.  He knows that all women need to be reminded of their worst vices.  And in a way that is right in front of women all the time.  As rings on our fingers.  The problem is the way he depicts Pride.  Not my favorite vice anymore.  Looking at Stephen Webster's renditions of the Seven Deadly Vices, I think my new worst vice is Envy.  No, make that Wrath.  No, make it Lust.  Oh, hell, I'll take all Seven of the Deadly Virtues, I mean Vices.


  1. LOL... this post just cracked me up!!! Mine might be lust ;)

    BTW...my photos are always for sale. Shoot me an email (caroline@nowordzphotography.com) and we can chat.

  2. Pleased to meet you, Gaelic wife. I'm big on vices too, in a subtle sort of way. They are far more interesting to write about than virtues.

  3. I'm trying to remember the last time I was virtuous. I think I was 20. Now I'm just a member of the vice squad.
    Ohhhh, only a few days left for you now. Looking forward to it? Putting a schedule on the door for all the family crew? You menu might have to take in more than a week at a time now; either that or buy an additional freezer. Lord, I'm glad I'm retired -- "diligently" retired, that is. Good. One down, 6 to go.

  4. I have always worked hard to cultivate interesting vices and have naturally had a healthy fear for virtues. After all, who could stand to be boring?

  5. @Caroline, did you see Webster's Lust ring? Divine!

    @Elizabeth, welcome and I agree.

    @Jenny, my menu might become much more basic and repetitive.

    @Laoch, boring? Anathema!

  6. Hi GW,
    I strive for virtuous vices. "Everything in moderation". ;)

    Is striving a virtue?

  7. @A&G, I think striving could go either way. Such as diligence or greed. Perhaps it's more dependent on whether you want it to be a virtue or a vice.

  8. Diligently greedy. I combine them: Virtue and Vice.

    Happy New Year, frood.

  9. I am sadly aware that after all these years my REAL vices have dwindled down to sloth. I don't really regard lust as a vice - more as a natural state, but even that is withering away, alas. I am not sure what the difference is between Kindness and Charity, but I probably wouldn't recognize either if it bit me, which if it were either, it shouldn't.