Interestingly, the next paragraph goes on to say: "Jesus was in no way indifferent to the practice of the social virtues. The social virtues are a means by which people demonstrate their respect for one another. They are thus a manifestation of interior refinement." (and then later): "Throughout the course of his life and preaching, Jesus taught us the real importance of friendship, cordiality, temperance, love for the truth, understanding, loyalty, industriousness, sincerity.....He emphasized the value of the human virtues by the use of examples and parables from everyday life."
Ah...everyday life, the perfect environment for practicing and perfecting these virtues. Of course.
"The social virtues make daily life more pleasant." and "Charity ennobles and elevates these actions to a higher plane."
Daily life could indeed be made more pleasant. As a stay at home, homeschooling mother who wears several hats of management daily, each day of the week...twenty-four hours a day (!), I would say "pleasant" is a good word to focus on. The refinement and naturalness of imparting the virtues of patience, understanding, good-humor....are essential to pleasantness in the daily round. It takes work at one's interior life and disposition to be pleasant in what challenging situations may occur. Where to start? Certainly with a deepened and more committed prayer life, and of course, a smile :) Both, can make all the difference.
More in another post.