Many are familiar with the Seven Deadly Sins. Sin is to be without, to miss the mark. Many mention them, including Plato, Aristotle, and St. Paul. “Deadly” refers to the belief that the sin/ill is deadly both to the “done to” and the “doer.” To sin puts your own life in danger, but also the lives of those who are or connected to the object of your sin.
Fewer are familiar with the balancing Quickening Virtues. Virtue begets life (Quickening) in both giver and receiver. The seven virtues are derived from the Psychomachia (“Contest of the Soul”), an epic poem written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (c. AD 410) entailing the battle of Virtues and Vices. The intense popularity of this work in the Middle Ages helped spread the concept of holy virtue throughout Europe.