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Every father has etched in stone memories of special moments in the life of their children. First steps, first words, first recognition, first day they run to you when you pick them up from somewhere, first good deed, Baptism, first dessert, first sour and so many more fill my head.

Late last year, my oldest son received his first Confession. His experience was really positive. He continues to ask me to take him. There is something very natural in our human experience to confess the sins we have committed or omitted in lived life.

This Easter season, he also experienced the next step to full initiation in the Church as he received his First Holy Communion. There is something very natural in our human experience to desire food for the nourishment of our bodies.

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With both of these very natural human desires, we are fortunate enough to have a God that also seeks to fulfill these desires on a supernatural level. Just as we have heroes in our life, we also seek superheroes to imitate. Just as we have these natural desires, we have even more real supernatural desires. These natural desires are but imitations of the true and eternal things. C.S. Lewis mentions something similar; I think it was in “The Great Divorce” that he explains how the waiting before heaven was more real. He painted the image of the grass being so heavy it couldn’t be lifted. The flowing river was so solid it crushed you if you jumped in.

Though broken as we are and in need of grace to mend this fallen nature, the human experience seeks freedom and truth. Both are some of the greatest gifts to human kind. It is in freedom that we give our love and in truth that we live in reality. Life is also tough because reality is heavy. We often mask reality with actions to deal with the heaviness. This is one of the reasons practicing a life of virtue is so important. These good habits when formed help us act according to our nature when the disappointments, let downs, depressions, and despair of life turn its eyes on us. The formation of good habits enables more freedom, the deformation into vice often leads to addiction.

This is even related to the economic crisis. As consistent across economic theorists like Hazlitt and the Catholic Social Teaching, virtue must be practiced for the market to be free. The supply and demand for drugs, unnatural sexual experiences (think prostitution, pornography), and usury all place scarce resources in places that do not provide growth. Rather, these enslave the human person to a life of addiction, slavery to passions, or extreme debt.