Throughout Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Church, we are exhorted to “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” and to live righteous lives characterized by holiness, faith and virtue. In this class, we will explore this exhortation from several standpoints. Surveying through the lens of Aristotle and ancient philosophy, as well as the perennial teaching of Scripture, Tradition and writings of the saints, we will, hopefully, gain a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, “the good life.” In what does happiness consist? What is virtue? And how can it be practically attained here and now in a way that also renders fruit in eternity? These examinations will be followed by a deeper look at the Christian understanding of the virtues, both natural and supernatural (as well as their opposing vices). We will conclude with a more substantive study of the “telos” or goal of the virtues in our lives and their place in our spiritual pilgrimage and salvation as we seek to be like Jesus – Who is the Truth.