May Virtue: Responsibility Being reliable in your duties and accountable for your actions.
"Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1731).
Who of us wants to be though of as unreliable? We all want to be a friend, an employee, a spouse or parent who can be counted on to take care of other people and the jobs entrusted to us. We've all been tempted to make excuses when we're caught neglecting our duty or doing something wrong - and we all know how we lose trust in people when e can tell they're just making excuses. Practicing acts of responsibility makes it easier for us to follow through and own up to our mistakes.
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Nashville, TN